Our staff are still fully engaged in recovery efforts due to the SCU Lightning Complex Fire. Lick Observatory remains CLOSED to the public. For at least the next four weeks CalTrans will be busy working on Mount Hamilton Road with heavy equipment removing fire damaged trees, brush, and restoring the damaged road.
It’s really important that we keep the roads clear. PLEASE DO NOT try to enter the area whilst fire recovery efforts are in progress. As soon as it’s safe we will post to our social networks. We look forward to inviting you back at that time. You can donate to our recovery effort here: connect.ucsc.edu/ucodirectorfund - Thanks for all your support.
Experience a night to remember at Lick Observatory in 2020: 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 2020 line-up:
|June 12, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Speaker TBD|
|June 13, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Tingstad and Rumbel | Speaker TBD|
|June 26, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Speaker TBD|
|June 27, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||White Album Ensemble | Speaker TBD|
|July 10, 8:30 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Speaker TBD|
|July 11, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Tod Dickow with Charged Particles | Speaker TBD
|July 24, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture<||Speaker TBD|
|July 25, 8:30 pm||Concert & Lecture||Black Cedar Trio | Speaker TBD|
|August 7, 8:00 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Speaker TBD|
|August 8, 8:00 pm||Concert & Lecture||Men of Worth | Speaker TBD|
|August 21, 8:00 pm||Astronomy Lecture||Speaker TBD|
|August 22, 8:00 pm||Concert & Lecture||Fire and Grace | Speaker TBD|
Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Summer Series has been cancelled. Tickets will not go on sale.
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 is March 1st, 2020 for the 2020 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
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!