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Einstein! Celebrating 100 Years of General Relativity

Lick Observatory: Einstein!
Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, CA
Sunday, Sep 11, 2022 at 7:00 PM (PT)

One hundred years ago on September 21, 1922, an expedition from the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton, California, led by Lick director William Wallace Campbell, conclusively proved Einstein’s general theory of relativity at a total eclipse of the sun in remote Wallal, Australia – confirming a new formulation of space, time, and gravitation that changed the course of science and ushered in our modern technological age. Einstein! underscores the importance of Lick Observatory’s role in verifying general relativity.

To celebrate this event a special, fully staged production of Jack Fry’s play Einstein! will be performed in the historic 36-inch Great Refractor dome on September 9, 10, and 11. This intimate and historic setting will create a unique experience of this acclaimed play. Following each performance, audiences will be given access to the Lick telescope and displays featuring historic artifacts from the famous solar eclipse expedition.

General Admission tickets include Einstein! Play, Q&A with playwright/performer Jack Fry and Lick Observatory Astronomy & History Experts, 1922 Solar Eclipse Expedition Exhibit, viewing through the 36-inch Great Refractor telescope and viewing through the 40-inch Nickel Reflector telescope.

General Admission - $140.00/ticket, sales begin 7/20/2022 @ 12:00 PM PT



This event will have COVID-19 safety protocols, by purchasing a ticket, you agree to abide by these protocols. If you would like to see the current protocols, please visit our Einstein! website here. Note: current COVID-19 protocols will be emailed to ticket holders the week prior to the event. 

Events are held rain or shine. Weather may restrict telescope viewings, but other activities will still take place.

No refunds or exchanges on purchased tickets, unless the event is cancelled.

Due to historic construction of telescope domes and safety concerns, neither of the telescopes are wheelchair accessible at this time. Those having difficulty navigating stairs may also find the telescopes inaccessible.

Due to safety regulations and the nature of the event, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission and accompanied by an adult. No exceptions.

Travel: Please allow one hour drive from San Jose and be prepared to drive home late in the evening. Driving directions and parking information can be found here.

Event Program: 

6:00pm Doors Open
7:00pm Einstein!
8:30pm Q&A with Jack Fry and Lick Astronomer/Archivist Anthony Misch or Elinor Gates
9:00pm Viewing through the 40-inch Nickel Reflector and 36-inch Lick Refractor Telescopes (weather permitting)
11:00pm Event Ends

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7281 Mount Hamilton Road Mount Hamilton, CA 95140

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