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    Get closer to the stars.
    Summer Series at Lick Observatory
    June to August 2016
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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.
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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.

The 36th Annual Summer Series

Get closer to the stars. Visit us for exceptional music, lectures by renowned scientists, viewings through the Great Lick Refractor and Nickel Reflector telescopes and more!

6/10 Astronomy Lecture Dr. Mark Ammons SOLD OUT
6/11 Concert & Lecture White Album Ensemble SOLD OUT
6/24 Astronomy Lecture Dr. Tesla Jeltema SOLD OUT
6/25 Concert & Lecture Dave Rocha Jazz Trio SOLD OUT
7/8 Astronomy Lecture Dr. Raja GuhaThakurta SOLD OUT
7/9 Concert & Lecture Chaskinakuy SOLD OUT
7/29 Astronomy Lecture Dr. Connie Rockosi SOLD OUT
7/30 Concert & Lecture Black Cedar Trio SOLD OUT
8/12 Astronomy Lecture Dr. Quinn Konopacky SOLD OUT
8/13 Concert & Lecture Great Guitars! Daniel Roest SOLD OUT
8/26 Astronomy Lecture Dr. Andreas Burkert SOLD OUT
8/27 Concert & Lecture Golden Bough SOLD OUT

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Friday, April 15 at noon through ucsctickets.com. Tickets are expected to sell out in record time.

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 program may be difficult for children under 12.


Next Year, Get Tickets Early

If you'd like to purchase tickets as early as April 2017, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program. As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you'll get special access to purchase tickets before the general public. To be notified when tickets go on sale to the general public, join our mailing list.


Banner photo by Laurie Hatch and Lick Observatory staff.


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Please note that all gifts to Lick Observatory are processed through the UC Santa Cruz Foundation. Thank you for your support!


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 36th 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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