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Remember that episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 when Dylan and Brenda went to the Planetarium? Or...wait, was that Dylan and Kelly? Does it matter? No. What matters is that staring up at a skyful of stars is a darn fine way to spend a romantic night with someone special.

Of course, the trouble is, LA's famous Griffith Observatory, perched atop Mount Hollywood in Griffith Park, has been closed to the public for a massive renovation since January of 2002, and isn't scheduled to reopen until May 2006. This leaves us without one sure-fire stop on the must-see while in LA tour, and without a sure-fire spot for making out in the vicinity of a large, high-powered telescope. The fine folks at the Griffith Observatory know that residents of this city can't stand to be without access to one of the few ways you can actually see sky over smog. Their solution is their self-proclaimed "Observatory in exile," the Observatory Satellite (pun possibly intented, considering astronmers' proclivity for wacky humor), which is open in the northeast corner of the park, while the 1935 building gets some much-needed attention.