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Friends of Lick Observatory

Since its founding, Lick Observatory has enjoyed the good will of those who are inspired by the cosmos. Throughout its history, friends have been an indisepnsable part of the observatory's success, starting with James Lick and including early philanthropists, like those who funded the Lick eclipse expeditions that verified Einstein's theory of general relativity, and more recent donors like Google.

Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) offers members an opportunity to participate in the Lick community and enjoy special connections with the telescopes, scientists, and science programs. FoLO also supports Lick Observatory through fund-raising and community outreach.

FoLO memberships and donations help support Lick Observatory for current and future generations by:

  • Preserving history
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  • Launching public programs
  • Supporting UC students
  • Developing new technology
  • Building new telescopes