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    Nights to Remember.
    Summer Series at Lick Observatory:
    June to August 2019
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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 went on sale on Wednesday April 17, 2019 at noon at ucsctickets.com.

Overview of the 39th Annual Summer Series:

Experience a night to remember at Lick Observatory in 2019: 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 2019 line-up:

June 7, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Dr. Amy Furniss, CSU East Bay
June 8, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Oscar Reynolds and Karumanta | Dr. Andrew Skemer
June 21, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Dr. Aaron Barth, UC Irvine
June 22, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Golden Bough | Dr. Lea Hirsch
July 12, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Dr. Brian H. Day, NASA SSERVI
July 13, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture The Quitters | Dr. Natalie Batalha
July 26, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Dr. Joan Schmelz, Universities Space Research Association
July 27, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture White Album Ensemble | Dr. Jessica Lu
August 9, 8:00 pm Astronomy Lecture Speaker TBD, Affiliation TBD
August 10, 8:00 pm Concert & Lecture Folias Duo | Dr. Courtney Dressing
August 23, 8:00 pm Astronomy Lecture Speaker TBD, Affiliation TBD
August 24, 8:00 pm Concert & Lecture Dave Rocha Quartet | Dr. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public went on sale on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 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 is April 1st, 2019 for the 2019 Summer Series). To receive updates and news from us, join our mailing list.




Tickets went on sale this year on April 17th (April 10th 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 39th 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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