June 16, 2017

8:30 p.m.

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Gaspard Duchêne, UC Berkeley


Lecture Information


"Specks of light: Revealing planets around other stars"


Dr. Gaspard Duchêne is an Assistant Researcher and Lecturer at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the formation of stars and planets, which he studies using state-of-the-art instrumentation (such as the Hubble Space Telescope, adaptive optics on large ground-based telescopes and large radio interferometers). In particular, he studies the frequency at which stars form within multiple stellar systems, a common occurrence in the Galaxy even though our Sun is a single star, and obtains high-resolution images of circumstellar disks in which planets form to probe their architecture and evolution.











Program Information

7:30 p.m. Doors Open Brief Telescope Visits
8:30 p.m. Science Talk, Lecture Hall History Talk, Great Refractor
9:30 p.m. Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
10:30 p.m.     History Talk (repeated), Great Refractor     Telescope Viewings
1:00 a.m.     Doors Close

 

Driving to Lick Observatory
Mount Hamilton Road (SR 130) may still be closed due to a washout on February 20, 2017. Please prepare to take Quimby Road instead if you come from San Jose and allow about one hour to drive to the observatory. Quimby Road is narrower, windier, and steeper than Mt. Hamilton Road, please drive carefully. You can check the CalTrans website for current conditions on SR 130, Mt. Hamilton Rd here. The event typically lasts between 4 and 6 hours; prepare to drive home late in the evening. There are no automative services or gas stations for 20 miles, so please plan ahead. See more information on driving directions and parking here.

Recommended Attire
Casual, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. A sweater or light coat is recommended.

Safety
Please be careful when walking around in the dark outside; bringing a flashlight is recommended. Children under age 8 are not allowed at this event, and it may be unsuitable for children under the age of 12 due to late hours.

Telescopes
The large telescopes will be available for viewing as soon as the sky is dark. Telescopes will remain open until every guest has had an opportunity to see through both the 36-inch Great Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Telescope.

In order to view through the telescopes, guests will receive a numbered pass at the door. Guests with the lowest telescope numbers are admitted to the telescopes first - so we recommend getting to the observatory early! Please note: Due to historic construction of the telescope domes, the 36-inch Refractor and the 40-inch Nickel Telescope are not wheelchair accessible at this time.

Volunteer amateur astronomers also set up ground telescopes in the back parking so guests can view additional cosmic objects.

Gift Shop
Lick Observatory souvenirs and astronomy merchandise will be available for purchase between 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. You can also visit our Gift Shop online 24/7.

Refreshments
Snacks and beverages will be available near the Nickel Telescope. Vending machines and fountain water are also available.

Assistance
We strive to make your visit as complete and meaningful as possible. Please let us know if you will need special assistance (for example, if you will have difficulty climbing stairs), so we can make the necessary arrangements.



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