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  • A Music of the Spheres concert in the main building at Lick Observatory. Photo by Mike Bolte.

2020 Summer Series Canceled
After much consideration, and the complex issues of health and safety for the public, staff, and volunteers of our Lick Observatory community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all of this year's Summer Series events. While we are certainly disappointed and recognize that you will be too, we are excited to shift our focus to new virtual programming. Going forward we will be sharing our science goals and discoveries with you in creative ways over the summer. Sign up to receive email communication about our virtual events programming by emailing social@ucolick.org.


Get closer to the stars.

Update 2020 Apr 14: Due to the COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Summer Series has been cancelled. Tickets will not go on sale.

More than 2,400 guests visit the observatory each year for the Summer Series. Visitors have a chance to get closer to the stars through two historic telescopes and listen to lectures by world-renowned astronomers. Tickets for the general public go on sale this year on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 at noon at ucsctickets.com.

Please email tickets@ucolick.org if you have any questions.

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Evenings with the Stars

In this program, we invite world-renowned astronomers to Lick Observatory for an evening with the "stars" you won't forget.

Activities include:

  • Astronomy talk by "star" scientists
  • Viewing through the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor telescope
  • Viewing through the 40-inch Nickel Reflector telescope
  • Fascinating history talk about Lick Observatory
  • After-hours gift shop access and light refreshments
  • Astronomy discussions with amateur astronomers using small telescopes

Please note: Weather may restrict telescope viewings, but other activities will still take place.

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Music of the Spheres Concerts

In this program, we bring world musicians to the summit of Mount Hamilton for a musical night to remember.

Activities include:

  • A concert
  • Astronomy talk by world-renowned scientists
  • Viewing through the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor telescope
  • Viewing through the 40-inch Nickel Reflector telescope
  • Astronomy discussions with amateur astronomers with small ground telescopes

Please note: Weather may restrict telescope viewings, but other activities will still take place.

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