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Former Lick Observatory Associate Director Xavier Prochaska receives UCSC Outstanding Faculty Award

  • November 9, 2017

Former Lick Observatory Associate Director J. Xavier Prochaska, and a professor of astronomy and astrophysics, has received the UCSC 2016-17 Outstanding Faculty Award from the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. The annual award is the division's highest honor for faculty achievement, recognizing combined excellence in research, teaching, and service.

Neutron stars collide

Illustration by Robin Dienel courtesy of the Carnegie Institution for Science

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, with the 1-meter Swope Telescope at the Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Foley's team also utilizes the Anna L. Nickel telescope on Mount Hamilton.

Photo by Ilse Ungeheuer

"La Noche De Las Estrellas" at Lick Observatory

  • September 6, 2017

"La Noche de las Estrellas" is a special Lick Observatory visitors night for the Spanish-speaking community. Lick Observatory hosts approximately 100 high school students and family members from five nearby High Schools (Gonzales, Soledad, Salinas, Castroville, and Watsonville). These are schools with close ties to UC Santa Cruz through the MESA program, which is one of Lick Observatory's partners in this endeavor. View the UCSC video and articles in English and Spanish.

Lick Observatory at sunset, the Shane 3m telescope dome in the foreground. Photo by Laurie Hatch

Introducing new monthly Public Evening Tours of domes and telescopes at Lick Observatory

  • March 15, 2017

Starting April 23, groups of up to 40 visitors will get to tour many of the domes and telescopes on Mount Hamilton. The "behind the scenes" style walking tour of Lick Observatory will start at the main building's Visitor Center at 6 p.m. An astronomer based on Mount Hamilton will be the main guide for the evening.

The exoplanet discoveries include four in Earth’s size-range orbiting a single dwarf star.

Follow-Up Of Kepler Data Yields More Than 100 Confirmed Exoplanets

  • July 18, 2016

International team reports the biggest haul of new worlds yet uncovered by NASA's K2 mission, including many worlds that could potentially support life.

Workers prepare the telescope for night-sky viewing.

Lick Observatory Featured in National Geographic Magazine

  • June 29, 2016

You won’t be able to wander freely among the giant telescopes at the Lick Observatory and tickets aren’t easy to come by for its various events, but make the trip anyway because it's worth it. Getting to the observatory, set atop Mount Hamilton, is a ride of its own and the views (particularly the sunset from behind giant, bubble-like domes) are breathtaking. Budding astronomers will like that the observatory boasts the world’s first permanently occupied mountaintop telescope.


Astronomy student Jennifer Burt.

The Sky Is No Limit For Planet-Hunting Grad Student

  • June 7, 2016

Astronomy student Jennifer Burt helped write software that turned a powerful telescope at Lick Observatory into the first automated planet finder in the world.


The SanJose.org website.

Lick Observatory Makes SanJose.org's List of Things To Do in San Jose

  • June 3, 2016

Sharks territory extends to the top of Mount Hamilton at the iconic Lick Observatory, where visitors can enjoy stunning views from 4,200 feet above the valley and see one of the largest refracting telescopes in the world. Discover how physicist Stephen Hawking is working with Lick Observatory on the biggest scientific search for intelligent life in the universe.

Artist's concept of planetary discoveries by NASA's Kepler space telescope.

Kepler Detects Nearly 1,300 More Planets Orbiting Distant Stars

  • May 11, 2016

Astronomers monitoring the Kepler space telescope have detected nearly 1,300 planets flying in orbit around distant stars, a cosmic search that began nearly 10 years ago inside a rusty old telescope dome at the Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton near San Jose.

Inside the Great Refractor by Laurie Hatch.

More Concerts and Public Telescope Viewings Planned for Annual Summer Series at Lick Observatory

  • April 11, 2016

Tickets for the popular Summer Series at UC’s Lick Observatory will go on sale Friday, April 8, for Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) members and Friday, April 15, for the general public at ucsctickets.com. The 2016 program will feature more live music, evening astronomy lectures from world-renowned astronomers, and opportunities for the public to view celestial objects through two historic telescopes.


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Ilse Ungeheuer, Communications Director
iungeheuer@ucolick.org