Lick Observatory is located on the summit of Mount Hamilton, California, roughly 20 miles east of San Jose. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open to the public year-round Thursday through Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m.
Important Travel Information:
UPDATE 02/20/2017: Mt. Hamilton Road (SR 130) is closed from 6.6 miles East to 9.8 miles East of the Junction of I-680 due to a washout. Please take Quimby Rd to get to Lick Observatory from San Jose.
During winter, please take extra precaution driving up to Lick Observatory. Snow, black ice, mud slides, and debris can cause hazardous road conditions. Please check for possible road closures here (State Route 130, Mt. Hamilton Road) before you make a trip.
Also, please be advised that the roadway up to Lick Observatory's main building will be closed for tree removal on February 21, 22, 27, and 28 (SR 130 won't be affected). The front parking lot can only be accessed via a foot path, not with vehicles.
Gravitational waves are spectacular ripples through the fabric of space-time originally predicted by Einstein a century ago and finally detected just last year. This discovery is a watershed event for our understanding of the Universe. But we still have so much to do! The next step is detecting light associated with gravitational waves. Our team of undergraduate researchers are performing this search with the Anna L. Nickel telescope at Lick Observatory. This is a unique opportunity for students to participate in cutting-edge research in physics and astronomy. Funding for this project will directly support undergraduate students. We will also upgrade the Nickel operations, increasing our chances of making the next big discovery!
Please take a moment and watch the video that the project team has put together for UCSC GIVING DAY 2017.
Thank you so much for your support!
The exhibition "Look Back in Time: Russell Crotty and Lick Observatory" opens on Sunday, November 13th, 2016 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose and runs through February 26, 2016. The solo exhibition features new work of Russell Crotty as well as a selection of previous work based on astronomical observations.
International team reports the biggest haul of new worlds yet uncovered by NASA's K2 mission, including many worlds that could potentially support life.
The Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) membership program offers members an opportunity to participate in the Lick community and enjoy special connections with the telescopes, scientists, and science programs.Benefits include:
Since the time of Galileo, astronomy research worldwide has benefited greatly by generous philanthropic support.
For 127 years, Lick Observatory has defined the cutting edge of astronomical research, technological development and public education. Our paramount goal is to continue these pursuits for decades to come. Help us continue our goal and donate today!Give Now
All gifts are processed through the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. Thank you.
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 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.Learn More