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Lick Observatory


7299 Mt. Hamilton Rd
Mt. Hamilton, CA 95140

Each summer, Lick Observatory hosts a Summer Visitors Program (SVP) where the public is invited to observe through both the 36-inch Great Lick Refractor and Nickel 40-inch Reflecting Telescope. Each evening also features two speakers, who present programs even if clouds or fog prohibit viewing.

Lick astronomers present multimedia lectures on their research or topics of current interest. A 'History of Lick Observatory' talk is also presented. Amateur astronomer volunteers provide additional outside viewing and informal talks.

The first talk begins at sunset. Observing begins when it gets dark and continues until everyone has had the opportunity to view through both telescopes. Because of the late hours and the need for reasonable public behavior, attendance is not advisable for most children under 8 years old.

Tickets will be available by phone on a first come first served basis. Tickets sales will be staggered: each program date will have its own ticket sale date. Price is $5.00, which includes service fee.

For further information about the SVP, contact Lick Observatory Gift Shop at 408-274-5061 or giftshop@ucolick.org.


Phone: 408-274-5061
Website: Click to Visit


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