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. **
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
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 Jose, CA 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.
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
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 Hamilton, CA [masked]