Observing images courtesy of Elinor Gates.
Doors open 1 hour prior to event start time.
You might also want to attend Lick's Music of the Spheres concert series.
Tickets will be on sale for FOLO Members and the general public in April 2015.
Lick Observatory hosts a Summer Visitors Program, inviting the public to observe through both the 36-inch Great Lick Refractor and Nickel 40-inch Reflecting Telescope. Each evening also features two speakers, who present programs even if clouds or fog prohibit viewing.
Lick astronomers present multimedia lectures on their research or topics of current interest. A "History of Lick Observatory" talk is also presented. Local amateur astronomers outside the buildings provide additional telescopes and informal astronomy discussions.
Program begins with the first talk at sunset. Observing begins when it gets dark and continues until everyone has had the opportunity to view through both telescopes.
Please note: We regret that due to the historic construction of the telescope domes and safety concerns, neither the Lick 36-inch refracting nor the Nickel 40-inch reflecting telescopes are wheelchair accessible at this time. Those who have difficulty navigating stairs may also find the telescopes inaccessible. Funds are being raised through the Friends of Lick Observatory to repair the elevating floor of the Lick 36-inch telescope to re-enable handicap access.
Please note: Due to safety regulations, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission. Due to late hours the program may be difficult for children under 12.
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