Summer Visitors Program

Great Lick Refractor Observing End

Observing images courtesy of Elinor Gates.

2014 Programs

Doors open 1 hour prior to event start time.

Summer Visitors Program #1

Friday, June 6, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Raja Guhathakurta - University of California at Santa Cruz
Talk: "Are Galaxies Island Universes?"

Summer Visitors Program #2

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Michael Bolte - University of California at Santa Cruz
Talk: "First Light in the Universe"

Summer Visitors Program #3

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Aaron Romanowsky - San Jose State University
Talk: TBD

Summer Visitors Program #4

Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Tony Misch - Lick Observatory
Talk: TBD

Summer Visitors Program #5

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Graeme Smith - University of California at Santa Cruz
Talk: "Two View of the Moon"

Summer Visitors Program #6

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Claire Max - University of California at Santa Cruz
Talk: TBD

Summer Visitors Program #7

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Steve Croft - University of Californa at Berkeley
Talk: "Snacking, Gorging, and Cannibalizing: The Feeding Habits of Black Holes"

Summer Visitors Program #8

Friday, August 29, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Speaker: Andreas Burkert - Ludwig-Maximillians University of Munich
Talk: "A Close Encounter with the Massive Black Hole in the Galactic Center"

Summer Visitors Program #9

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 8:00 pm
Speaker: J. Xavier Prochaska - University of California at Santa Cruz
Talk: "Cosmology in the 21st Century"
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Observe Through the Telescopes

Our Summer Visitors Program is held annually in the summer. Join us and observe through the Great Lick Refractor and the Nickel Reflector.

You might also want to attend Lick's Music of the Spheres concert series.

Tickets on sale for FOLO Members Tuesday 4/1 @12pm and for the General Public Tuesday 4/15 @12pm

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Summer Visitors Program Dates

Program Highlights

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. No exceptions. Due to late hours the program may be difficult for children under 12.

Public Observing at 36-inch Refractor

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