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Lick Observatory History and Telescope Viewing

Saturday, April 26, 8 – 11 p.m.

Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, Cost: $100

Limited to 40 participants

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Please join us for a fascinating lecture about James Lick and the history of the observatory at 8 p.m., followed by viewing (weather permitting) through our telescopes: the 36-inch Lick Refractor and/or the 40-inch Nickel Reflector. This event happens rain or shine (tours of the telescopes will be substituted if the weather is not conducive to viewing). Click here for a map and directions to Mt. Hamilton. Travel time is about two hours from UC Santa Cruz. Parking will be available at the summit, which is at the top of a long, winding road. Please wear warm clothes, as weather is often cool at the summit.

Lick Observatory has a long, distinguished history and has been part of the University of California Observatories system since 1888. In the 1960’s, most of the astronomy faculty at the observatory moved to the new UCSC campus.
The astronomers and technical staff at UCSC and those at Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton continue to collaborate closely on research, building high-tech telescopes and instruments, and designing innovative education programs. Check out the Lick Observatory Archives and our Historical Collections to learn more about the observatory. If you would like to see additional spectacular photos of Lick Observatory, please click here.

Lick Observatory has been performing research and public education since 1888 as part of the UC system, but our funding is currently at risk. The Save Lick campaign is raising awareness of the unique research and education programs that Lick Observatory performs and its financial future.

For more information, please contact Elinor Gates, staff astronomer.

Photos: Courtesy of Laurie Hatch