Lick Observatory is located on the summit of Mount Hamilton, California, roughly 20 miles east of San Jose. The Visitor Center is open to the public year-round THU through SUN, from noon to 5 p.m., admission is free.
A two-color diagram formed from GALEX FUV and Johnson BV photometry is presented for F and early G dwarfs in three open clusters: the Hyades, Coma Berenices, and NGC 2281. Denoted as (m FUV − B) versus B − V, the position of dwarf stars in such a diagram has been shown by previous work to vary with the level of chromospheric and coronal activity.
Free Talk on July 13th at 7:30 pm at the Peninsula Astronomical Society: Laurie Hatch will take you on an insider's photo tour of Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton and W. M. Keck Observatory on Maunakea. You'll also visit the Eastern Sierra's Alabama Hills, and nearby Mount Whitney where early Lick Observatory astronomers made definitive studies of the Martian atmosphere. The talk includes behind-the-scenes material and references which will interest astronomy buffs and photographers alike.
This year, tickets for the general public will go on sale on Wednesday, April 18th at noon through www.ucsctickets.com -- we offer tickets for the popular Summer Series ("Music of the Spheres" and "Evening with the Stars") and for the new Public Evening Tours. Support the observatory AND get early access to our Summer Series ticket pre-sale for Friends of Lick Observatory on April 11th at noon by joining FoLO before April 1st, 2018. Tickets for the Public Evening Tours are NOT included in the pre-sale.
Experience a night to remember at Lick Observatory in 2018: Visit us for exceptional music, lectures by renowned scientists, viewings through the historical 36" Great Refractor and the 40" Nickel Reflector telescopes and more! Our 2018 line-up:
|June 8, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Raja GuhaThakurta | UC Santa Cruz SOLD OUT|
|June 9, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Black Cedar | Tucker Jones SOLD OUT|
|June 22, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Aaron Romanowsky | San Jose State SOLD OUT|
|June 23, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||White Album Ensemble | C. Dressing SOLD OUT|
|July 6, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Sandra Faber | UC Santa Cruz SOLD OUT|
|July 7, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Melody of China | Virginia Trimble SOLD OUT
|July 20, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Natalie Batalha | NASA Ames R. Ctr. SOLD OUT|
|July 21, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Broceliande | Ruth Murray-Clay SOLD OUT|
|August 3, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Andrew Fraknoi | U. of San Francisco SOLD OUT|
|August 4, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Ancient Future | Vivian U SOLD OUT|
|August 17, 8 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Tesla Jeltema | UC Santa Cruz SOLD OUT|
|August 18, 8 pm||Concert & Lecture||Charged Particles | E. Ramirez-Ruiz SOLD OUT|
Due to safety regulations, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission and accompanied by an adult. Due to late program hours, the programs may be difficult for children under 12. The concert evenings ("Music of the Spheres") are for visitors 12 and older. All events will take place rain or shine.
As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you'll get special access to purchase tickets for the Summer Series (not the Public Evening Tours) one week before the general public (the deadline for becoming a FoLO member and to enjoy this member benefit was April 1st, 2018 for the 2018 Summer Series). To receive updates and news from us, please join our mailing list.
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
Lick Observatory will not be open for viewing the Total Solar Eclipse, and we discourage you from driving up to the observatory as the Lick Observatory Visitor Center will be closed, but there are many other options to enjoy the experience:
If you cannot travel to the path of totality, NASA will host an Eclipse Megacast providing live stream broadcast of the eclipse. The San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA) will be holding a viewing event at Houge Park for the eclipse and everyone is welcome to join! For the August 21, 2017 event, the Kronos String Quartet will accompany the sonification process at the San Francisco Exploratorium and turn the entire eclipse into a spectacular sonic experience. The solar eclipse can also be viewed through your phones using the Total Solar Eclipse 2017 App! For more information, click here.
Please be advised to only purchase Solar Eclipse safe shades, glasses, or viewers. A good resource is the American Astronomical Society (AAS) which published a comprehensive online guide for viewing the eclipse safely.
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 129 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.
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!