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    Nights to Remember.
    Summer Series at Lick Observatory:
    June to August 2017
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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.

Announcing the 37th Annual Summer Series:

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

June 16, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Gaspard Duchêne, UC Berkeley SOLD OUT
June 17, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture White Album Ensemble SOLD OUT
June 30, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Aaron Barth, UC Irvine SOLD OUT
July 1, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Jasmine String Quartet
July 14, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture Mark Ammons, L. Livermore NL SOLD OUT
July 15, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Tingstad and Rumbel
July 28, 8:30 pm Astronomy Lecture J. Xavier Prochaska, UCSC SOLD OUT
July 29, 8:30 pm Concert & Lecture Ars Minerva
August 11, 8 pm Astronomy Lecture Andreas Burkert, LMU Munich SOLD OUT
August 12, 8 pm Concert & Lecture Charged Particles
August 25, 8 pm Astronomy Lecture Vardha Bennert, Cal Poly SLO SOLD OUT
August 26, 8 pm Concert & Lecture Virginia Kron & Kim Robertson

Ticket Information

Tickets for the general public will go on sale on Wednesday, April 12 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. The programs 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 one week before the general public (the deadline for becoming a FoLO member and to enjoy this member benefit was April 1st, 2017 for the 2017 Summer Series). To receive updates and news from us, please join our mailing list.


Banner photo by Laurie Hatch and Lick Observatory staff.


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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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