Lick Observatory - Tour, Speaker, & Telescope Observing!

  • August 30, 2014 · 7:30 PM
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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.  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 speaker for this night will be J. Xavier Prochaska, from UC Santa Cruz, who will give the talk Cosmology in the 21st Century.


Program begins with the first talk at sunset. Observing begins when it gets dark and continues until everyone has had the opportunity to view through both telescopes. 

*Please note: Due to the historic construction of the telescope domes and safety concerns, neither the Lick 36-inch refracting nor the Nickel 40-inch reflecting telescopes are wheelchair accessible at this time. Those who have difficulty navigating stairs may also find the telescopes inaccessible. 

**Please note: Due to safety regulations, children must be at least 8 years of age for admission. No exceptions. Due to late hours the program may be difficult for children under 12. ** 

COST:

All tickets are $12 including service charge. There are no refunds, but that is okay because this is so awesome that you won't want to miss it!

You can buy your tickets online at:

Lick Observatory Tickets 

CARPOOL:

We will meet at Denny's at 6:30pm and leave promptly at 6:40pm.  It is about a 35-40 minute (16 mile) drive up from this Denny's location.  I chose this spot so it is close, on the way, and open all night so our cars will have a somewhat supervised place to park (and we can grab a snack after if we want!).

Denny's:  1001 E Capitol, San JoseCA 95121

You can click on the below link

MapQuest Directions from Denny's to Lick Observatory

If you carpool, please message or text me your name & phone# so I can make sure everyone is accounted for at the end of the event.  My cell# is[masked]-6721.

Carpool groups:

Charissa's Car:  Pamela Addie, Sophia, and Mary Durski  -two spots open-

Noelle's Car:  Todd Gillman, Craig Brammer - FULL-

Mele's Car: Valorie and Ethan

OTHER:

The road up to the observatory is like balancing on the back of a drunk snake.  It is also very dark, so please drive with extreme caution.  

Even if you want to drive yourself, you can meet us at Denny's and follow us up.  If you want to go solo, here is the address for Lick Observatory:

7281 Mt Hamilton Rd  Mt HamiltonCA [masked]

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  • Sophia

    A big "Thank you" to Charissa for organizing this amazing out-of-this-world event. I loved it! :)

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Pamela A.

    This was a wonderful event

    1 · September 1, 2014

  • Charissa K.

    Just uploaded some pics, and Sophia took some amazing ones too that she will be uploading. The evening was amazing! I really enjoyed the science talk about the evolution of the cosmos, the talk on the history of Mr. Lick and the observatory, and the adventure of climbing up to the telescope to view M92. The exhibits and astronomers' telescopes outside were also great to check out. I had a great time with you all!

    1 · August 31, 2014

    • Mary D.

      It was an amazing evening!

      1 · August 31, 2014

    • Noelle

      Gotta love that old technology!

      1 · August 31, 2014

  • craig b.

    An excellent outting. Coordinating the car pooling was an early challenge. I am grateful that Noelle gave up her front seat to accomodate my tall frame. The science talk was about Cosmology, something that wasn't in the vocabulary 25 years ago, the last time I was up at Lick. Great interest in exo planets, where Lick is the leading light. I liked the 36 inch more, because it was 'wide field'. Did you hear the story of the military plane crashing into the observatory in the 1930s. Some of the scars are still there if you know where to look

    1 · August 31, 2014

  • Sophia

    Awesome!

    August 31, 2014

  • Valorie

    My mothers back is hurting her. She had surgery 6 weeks ago. I have to cancel and stay with her tonight. I am so disappointed to miss. Please post some pictures. Thank you to Clare and Charissa for all your efforts!

    August 30, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      I'm so sorry to hear about your mother! We will definitely post pics!

      1 · August 30, 2014

  • Charissa K.

    Looking forward to spending a spectacular evening with all of you!
    Just a reminder that if you are in a carpool group (Mele, Pamela, Sophia, Mary, Noelle, Todd, Craig, Clara, & Valorie), we are meeting at the 1001 E Capital Denny's in San Jose at 6:30pm. Also, please message me your cell ph# if you haven't done so already.

    1 · August 30, 2014

    • Mary D.

      Looking forward to tonight,too! My cell number is:[masked]

      1 · August 30, 2014

    • Sophia

      I'll be there. Can't wait!

      1 · August 30, 2014

  • Chris

    I have a pair of tickets and I may not be able to attend.

    August 27, 2014

    • tom95020

      HI Chris, if the pair of tickets are still available please text me. Tom,[masked]

      1 · August 28, 2014

    • Chris

      Tom is using my tickets. I'll return to the bay area on Monday so have a great time folks!

      1 · August 29, 2014

  • Laura L

    I'm still going, but my friend is not, but here's the thing, they can't find their ticket, so I can't give it to someone else.

    August 29, 2014

  • Brooks S.

    Tickets are sold out so my husband and I can't come unless someone cancels and wants to sell their tickets to us. I will keep RSVP at yes til time gets closer and we see if tickets turn up.

    July 22, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      Hi Brooks - that is a good idea as things inevitably come up at the last minute.

      July 22, 2014

    • Chris

      Brooks, do you need a pair of tickets?

      August 27, 2014

  • Sophia

    Can't wait!

    August 25, 2014

  • craig b.

    Apparently there are some open spots in cars. Any chance that I can get a ride up the hill.....

    July 23, 2014

    • Noelle

      you can sit in front

      July 24, 2014

    • craig b.

      Thank you. I can hold your coffee, if you like.

      July 24, 2014

  • Sophia

    I am SO excited about this event. I was looking up at the stars tonight and imagined looking at them in more detail through the telescope. The universe is amazing. I can't wait!!!!!

    1 · July 23, 2014

  • Charissa K.

    CARPOOL Info: Please forgive me if I deleted your posts, but I wanted to streamline the info since the comments were almost at 50 and a bit scattered. If you have a carpool related comment or question, please reply to this post. All Carpool hosts and passengers are summarized in the event page details.

    July 19, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      Hi Noelle. I switched Valorie to Clara's car since she needs the front passenger and I know you're bringing a guest. So, only Todd is a guest so far in your car unless you are adding another guest. Can you please confirm if this is correct?

      July 20, 2014

    • Noelle

      yes

      July 21, 2014

  • Chris

    I bought my tickets. I will probably have 2 more seats in my car, but be forewarned that I drive fast on curvy roads. :)

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • craig b.

    Hey, my Tundra is no longer listed in the carpool. Am I unneeded? I can take 2 passengers.

    July 20, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      Hi Craig. I just took you off since we have a car that can accommodates 5 extra passengers, but I appreciate your offer and will have you as a stand-by in case everything fills up.

      July 20, 2014

  • craig b.

    I'm having trouble getting logged in to buy tickets. Will keep trying.
    I did this 25 years ago. It is fantastic. They are considering closing it.
    If ever there was a need for car pooling, this would be one of those occassions.

    July 14, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      Hi Craig. Were you able to buy your tickets? You do not need to log in or create an account in order to buy them. If you go to www.santacruztickets.com­, you can see on the far right panel the link for the Summer Visitor Program for Lick Observatory.

      July 15, 2014

    • Sophia

      I bought mine. No issues.

      1 · July 15, 2014

  • Laura L

    What type of confirmation did the Santa Cruz site give to you all? I don't think I got anything. Thanks

    July 14, 2014

    • Valorie

      This worked for me as well.

      July 15, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      Hi Laura. That was not my experience - I am also having my tickets mailed, but I did get a confirmation. You can call them at (831)[masked] to see if they can email you the order confirmation. The UCSC event office might also help:[masked]

      July 15, 2014

  • Mary D.

    Before I buy my ticket, Charissa, what sort of confirmation did you get?

    July 14, 2014

    • Charissa K.

      Hi Mary. It gives you a full detail confirmation with the event, qty of tickets, price, etc. After your purchase the ticket(s), it will say "order complete" and have a link for your confirmation.

      July 15, 2014

  • Charissa K.

    I just bought my tickets! There is a limited number, but still a good amount. Be sure to get them before they sell out though.

    1 · July 14, 2014

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