Lick's Future: The Evolving Story


Google's $1 Million Gift

February 10, 2015 - Google Inc. has given $1 million to the University of California’s Lick Observatory in what astronomers hope is the first of many private gifts to support an invaluable teaching and research resource for the state.

The unrestricted funds, spread over two years, will go toward general expenses, augmenting the $1.5 million the UC Office of the President gives annually to operate the mountaintop observatory for the 10-campus UC system.

“Lick Observatory has been making important discoveries while training generations of scientists for more than 100 years,” said Chris DiBona, director of open source for Google. “Google is proud to support their efforts in 2015 to bring hands-on astronomical experiences to students and the public.”

See the full story here.

UC Update

October 30, 2014 - The UC Office of the President has reversed a decision to pull funding from Lick Observatory by 2018, according to a written statement issued by UC Provost and Executive Vice President Aimee Dorr and Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom.

The letter confirms that Lick Observatory operations will continue under UC Observatories (UCO), the multi-campus astronomical research unit headquartered at UC Santa Cruz.

See the press release, view the letter from UCOP, and follow Lick on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

APF Telescope

The newly commissioned 2.4 meter Automated Planet Finder telescope at Lick Observatory. Photo: John Sebastian Russo, The Chronicle 2010.

The Vision

Lick needs help and support to build partnerships for research and public outreach for the future. A newly appointed Lick Observatory Council, comprised of dedicated senior scientists and private citizens, has pledged their help. The emerging vision for Lick's future is unique and compelling. It would marry the unique features of the existing, forefront observatory to an enlarged and invigorated major science education center, permitting the partnership to reap the fruits of research and use them to create exciting venues for research, outreach, and inspiration.

With its breathtaking site, historic ambiance, world-class equipment and astronomers, and proximity to millions in the Bay Area, such a center could become a magnet for physical science education in northern California.

Fundraising Strategies

All options are on the table. Approaches include federal and state grants for science and education, partnerships with industry and other universities, state and federal park funds, commercial ventures, private foundations, and private individuals. We need your help and suggestions! Go to Help Support Lick to learn more.

Help Launch Lick

For 126 years, Lick Observatory has defined the cutting edge of astronomical research, technology development, and public education. Our paramount goal is to continue these pursuits for decades to come.

Donate Here

All gifts to Lick Observatory are processed through the UC Santa Cruz Foundation.  By clicking above, you will be taken to the UC Santa Cruz Foundation site. Be sure to indicate your gift is to benefit the Lick Observatory. Thank you for your support.