Lick Observatory, above San Jose, has a long history of being at the forefront of science and technology, starting with the most advanced telescope in the world at the time in 1888. Dr. Elinor Gates will describe some of the current research being done at Lick Observatory, ranging from discovering supernova explosions to searching for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. These discoveries are made possible using state of the art instruments and cameras. One of the most sophisticated instruments is the Shane Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics system. Dr. Claire Max, director of the University of California Observatories, will detail how adaptive optics “untwinkles the stars” to improve our view of the universe with large ground-based telescopes and enable new discoveries.
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