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    Nights to Remember.
    Summer Series at Lick Observatory:
    June to August 2018
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    Enjoy a full evening of activities.
    A concert, lectures, telescope viewings, and amateur astronomy
    at our "Music of the Spheres" concerts.
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    The view is better at 4,200 feet.
    Enjoy the view through two historic telescopes
    during our 'Evening with the Stars' program.

Tickets for our summer programs are available at: www.ucsctickets.com starting Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at noon.

Overview of the 38th Annual Summer Series:

Experience a night to remember at Lick Observatory in 2018: Visit us for exceptional music, lectures by renowned scientists, viewings through the historical 36" Great Refractor and the 40" Nickel Reflector telescopes and more! Our 2018 line-up:

June 8, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Raja GuhaThakurta | UC Santa Cruz SOLD OUT
June 9, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Black Cedar | Tucker Jones
June 22, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Aaron Romanowsky | San Jose State SOLD OUT
June 23, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture White Album Ensemble | C. Dressing SOLD OUT
July 6, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Sandra Faber | UC Santa Cruz SOLD OUT
July 7, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Melody of China | Virginia Trimble
July 20, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Natalie Batalha | NASA Ames R. Ctr. SOLD OUT
July 21, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Broceliande | Ruth Murray-Clay
August 3, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Andrew Fraknoi | U. of San Francisco SOLD OUT
August 4, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Ancient Future | Vivian U SOLD OUT
August 17, 8 pm Astronomy Lecture Tesla Jeltema | UC Santa Cruz SOLD OUT
August 18, 8 pm Concert & Lecture Charged Particles | Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public are on sale since Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 at noon through ucsctickets.com. Please email tickets@ucolick.org if you have any questions.

Due to safety regulations, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission and accompanied by an adult. Due to late program hours, the programs may be difficult for children under 12. The concert evenings ("Music of the Spheres") are for visitors 12 and older. All events will take place rain or shine.


Become a Friend of Lick and Get Tickets Early

As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you'll get special access to purchase tickets for the Summer Series (not the Public Evening Tours) one week before the general public (the deadline for becoming a FoLO member and to enjoy this member benefit was April 1st, 2018 for the 2018 Summer Series). To receive updates and news from us, join our mailing list.




Tickets go on sale this year on April 18th (April 11th for FoLO members):








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Check Out The View.

As part of the evening of activities, volunteer amateur astronomers set up ground telescopes for guests to view cosmic objects.
This time-lapse was filmed on June 13, 2015.


Blast from the past.

We're coming up on our 37th annual Summer Series program. Check out this program from 1984!
Our marketing materials may have changed, but the program is still a classic.

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