Aerial view of Lick Observatory Great Refractor Dome

A bird’s-eye view through the dome opening of the 36-inch Great Refractor ar Lick Observatory reveals the lens end of the telescope and a sunlit patch of the dome’s magnificent inlaid hardwood floor.

Recently over 250 donors contributed $38,500, more than twice the goal of $18,000, for materials to fix the leaks and to repaint the dome in the 109-year-old structure.
© Laurie Hatch

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