Fire Emergency: The list of immediate needs is growing and our priorities may need to evolve with circumstances. Your gift to the UCO Director’s Discretionary Fund today will provide the flexible support necessary for Director Max to address needs as they arise in this rapidly changing situation.

News Stories

Mailing List

Subscribe to our mailing list for news and events.

A Russell Crotty exhibition at Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, 2000.

Warhol Foundation Grant Brings Artist Russell Crotty to Lick Observatory

  • July 20, 2015

Renowned artist Russell Crotty, a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, will use the telescopes at Lick Observatory to inspire his astronomy-themed artwork for an exhibit next year. The Andy Warhol Foundation awarded him a $30,000 grant to support his artist residency at the observatory.

Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Observatory. Photo by Laurie Hatch.

APF at Lick Observatory Joins Massive Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe

  • July 20, 2015

Investor Yuri Milner and physicist Stephen Hawking announced a $100 Million Breakthrough Prize Initiative to dramatically reinvigorate the search for intelligent life in the universe over the next ten years.This is the biggest scientific search yet for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth. Lick Observatory's Automated Planet Finder (APF) Telescope above San Jose, California, will undertake a new deep and broad search for optical laser transmissions from nearby civilizations, if any exist.

Robert Kraft, Lick astronomer.

Remembering Robert P. Kraft, Astronomer and Former Director of UC Observatories

  • May 28, 2015

Robert P. Kraft, an eminent astronomer and former director of the University of California Observatories and Lick Observatory, died on Tuesday, May 26, at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. Kraft, a professor emeritus of astronomy and astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, was 87. A widely recognized researcher, Kraft was also a gifted administrator who helped guide astronomy into the modern era. He joined the astronomy faculty at UC Santa Cruz and Lick Observatory in 1967.

Artist’s impression of a view from the HD 7924 planetary system. Art by Karen Teramura & BJ Fulton, UH IfA.

Astronomers Discover Three Super-Earths Orbiting Nearby Star

  • April 28, 2015

Astronomers have discovered a planetary system orbiting a star only 54 light-years away with the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Observatory and ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Arizona. The team discovered the planets by detecting a wobble of the star HD 7924, a result of the gravitational pull of the planets orbiting around it. All three planets orbit the star at a distance closer than Mercury orbits the sun, completing their orbits in just 5, 15, and 24 days.

Nickel Telescope at Lick Observatory. Photo by Laurie Hatch.

Search for extraterrestrial intelligence expands at Lick Observatory

  • March 23, 2015

Astronomers are expanding the search for extraterrestrial intelligence into a new realm with detectors tuned to infrared light at UC's Lick Observatory. A new instrument, called NIROSETI, will soon scour the sky for messages from other worlds on the Nickel telescope."Infrared light would be an excellent means of interstellar communication," said Shelley Wright, an assistant professor of physics at UC San Diego.

Aerial view of Lick Observatory. Photo by Laurie Hatch.

Google Gives Lick Observatory $1 million

  • 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.

Media Information

Ilse Ungeheuer, Communications Director