2020 LICK OBSERVATORY SUMMER SERIES CANCELED
After much consideration, and the complex issues of health and safety for the public, staff, and volunteers of our Lick Observatory community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of this year’s Summer Series events.
While we are certainly disappointed and recognize that you will be too; we are excited to shift our focus to new virtual programming. Going forward we will be sharing our science goals and discoveries with you in creative ways over the summer.
Thank you for your continued support of Lick Observatory. Take care and stay safe (and sane!).
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Lick Observatory has been at the forefront of astronomy since 1888.
Lick Observatory was founded thanks to James Lick, an eccentric California millionaire who dreamed of building a "telescope superior to and more powerful than any telescope yet made." What followed was the famous Great Refractor, a feat of engineering and the largest refracting telescope in the world when it was completed in 1888.
Today, Lick Observatory serves as an active research facility for astronomers from eight UC astronomy campuses and two national laboratories. At any given time, over 100 observers are pursuing science programs at Lick Observatory.
Lick Observatory has a mandate to communicate the knowledge and thrill of astronomy to students and to the public at large. Thirty-five thousand adults and children visit Mt. Hamilton annually. The Summer Series features lectures by renowned astronomers and permits visitors to view the cosmos directly through the 36-inch Great Refractor. The Music of the Spheres concerts soothe heart as well as mind.
NOTE: LICK OBSERVATORY'S VISITOR CENTER IS CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
VISIT LICK OBSERVATORY YEAR-ROUND!
The Lick Observatory Gift Shop and Visitor Center are open year-round - Thursday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm (as well as most holidays). Admission is free. Free talks inside the dome of the 36-inch Great Refractor are given hourly starting at 12:30pm.
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