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    UC Observatories
    Lick Observatory and Keck Observatory
    provide UC astronomers with world-leading equipment.
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    Thirty Meter Telescope
    TMT is scheduled
    for first light in 2024.
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    Lick Observatory
    Since 1888, Lick Observatory has been
    at the forefront of astronomical research.
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    W. M. Keck Observatory
    UCO acts a managing partner
    of the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a multi-campus research unit. We operate the Lick Observatory, the technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, and we are a managing partner of the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. We are the center for the UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

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Featured News

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Early Science Observations Revealed

    November 13, 2017

    13 science programs for the JWST Director’s Discretionary Early Release Science Program (DD-ERS) were selected. It is anticipated that the DD-ERS observations will take place during the first 5 months of JWST science operations in 2018, following the 6-month commissioning period. UC astronomers are very well presented among the successful science teams.

    UC astronomers first to observe merging neutron stars

    October 16, 2017

    A small team of UC Santa Cruz astronomers led by UCSC Asst. Prof. Ryan Foley observed the first visible event ever linked to gravitational waves on August 17th, 2017. Foley's team captured the first images of the event, located in a galaxy 130 million light-years away called NGC 4993.

    New mirror-coating technology promises dramatic improvements in telescopes

    September 18, 2017

    At UC Santa Cruz, an electrical engineer has teamed up with astronomers to improve telescope mirrors using thin-film technology from the electronics industry.

    UC Santa Cruz hosts international workshop for Thirty Meter Telescope

    September 1, 2017

    Workshop participants, representing all of the TMT International Observatory's partners (Canada, China, India, Japan, UC, and Caltech), worked on projects in small teams, visited astronomical laboratory facilities, toured Lick Observatory, and met with numerous scientists and engineers involved in TMT.