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Music of the Spheres Concert- Tingstad & Rumbel

Each summer Lick Observatory hosts the Music of the Spheres concert series. Program for each includes the concert, a talk by a University of California astronomer about current research and, weather permitting, viewing with the historic 36-inch Great Lick Refractor and the Nickel 40-inch telescope. A knowledgeable group of local amateur astronomer volunteers provide additional viewing of the sky and informal discussion of astronomy.

On June 29, the series present Grammy Award winners, Tingstaad & Rumbel.  For more information, check out http://www.tingstadrumbel.com/bio.html

 

Speaker: Sandra Faber, UC Santa Cruz

Talk: The Milky Way Galaxy, Quantum Fluctuations, and Schroedinger's Cat

For more information:  http://www.ucolick.org/public/music.html

General admission tickets are $44.50 (includes $4.50 service fee) of which $13 is tax deductible, and includes:

  • Open seating on either side of the stage
  • Astronomy talk (optional, given twice nightly)
  • Viewing through the 36-inch and 40-inch telescopes
  • Commemorative wineglass or coffee cup

Tickets are now available:

UCSC Ticket Office

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Fax:[masked]
1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA
(on the UCSC campus)
Hours: Tues. - Sat., 12:00 noon - 4:00 pm

Santa Cruz Civic Box Office
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307 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA
(downtown Santa Cruz)
Hours: Mon. - Fri., 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun., 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Directions to Mt. Hamilton

Lick Observatory is located on the summit of Mt. Hamilton in the Diablo Range east of San Jose. To get there from Hwys 101, 280, or 680, take the Alum Rock Avenue exit from Interstate 680. Go east onto Alum Rock Avenue. Turn right onto Mt. Hamilton Road (California Route 130). Allow about one hour from San Jose, and please drive carefully as the road is good, but winding.

From the east, take Interstate 580 west to Interstate 680 south. Then follow the directions above.

Alternatively, you may take take California Route 130 to Mt. Hamilton from the east, but please allow about 1-3/4 hours from Interstate 5 to reach the Observatory. The road is long and winding, but well-maintained. Take the Diablo Grande Parkway exit off Interstate 5, heading west (away from Patterson). Take the first right on Puerto del Canyon Road (toward Frank Raines Park). Look carefully for this turn because there is not much signage. At the Junction Cafe, turn left to stay on California Route 130.

Keep in mind that at 4209 feet, evenings on Mt. Hamilton can be cool, so bring a sweater or coat. There is no gas station at the Observatory. Parking is limited and some might prefer not to drive on the winding road, so once we find out our headcount we will arrange carpool.

Suggest carpool location:  The dirt lot at the intersection of Mt. Hamilton Road (CA 130) and Alum Rock Avenue.  If you are on Alum Rock Avenue going SE, you would need to make a right on to CA 130 to the Observatory.  The dirt lot would be on your left side across CA 130, behind a golf course.  I went and checked and there was no "NO PARKING" sign and I have seen cars parking there during prior events.  For sure you don't want to leave any valuable in your car, but that seems like a reasonable neighborhood.  If you want to arrange carpool closer to home, please do so with fellow ramblers.  I think that would be a good place as it is right before going up the hill.

Times: Picnic time is 6-7 pm in the Hamilton Courtyard, East side of the main building.  Doors open at 7:30 (West side). It will take about 45 min to an hour from the dirt lot to the Observatory according to google map.

Those with Advanced ($40) tickets should meet before the doors open (7:30 pm) at the Ramblers picnic area in the Hamilton Courtyard, behind the main building.  Our will-call tickets will be held as a group, so we will enter together and enjoy the concert together in Ramblers reserved seating.

Those with General Admission ($44.50) tickets have open seating, so to get good seats you'll want to be in line when doors open at 7:30.

The picnic will be informal.  If you like, you may bring extra to share (I Bob will bring assorted salads).  Please note that there is no microwave or other means of heating food.

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  • Glenn N

    They are a talented pair and both their music and commentary was fun.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Katherine, you're welcome. And thanks to you and Ken for joining us and taking all the fantastic pictures!

    July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Bob, could you recommend an astronomy book for novices who don't know much more than the Big Dipper and Orion's Belt?

      July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      One great book (with a bizarre title) is Neil deGrasse Tyson's, Death by Black Hole. A well know Astrophysicist and former host of Nova Science Now, Tyson not only describes much of what is known about our Universe, but how we came to know it, what we remain ignorant of, and what it means for our society. For evidence of Tyson's passion for the subject, see this talk he gave in 2006: http://www.youtube.co...­ . You might disagree with his views, but he will make you think!

      July 1, 2013

  • Kitty

    Great music, nice weather (except for the wind), spectacular sky and good company. Only if my mom didn't get sick from the car ride up and down the mountain.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree! 'Twas a spectacular event! Blown away by the night sky from Lick -- even without the telescope! Something us urbanites don't get to see everyday!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A little confusing on the logistics, but an amazing outing. Tingstad and Rumbel were fanastic and I own 3 CDS. Great place to have a picnic lunch out the heat of the bay and what amazing views around and inside. Thank you Bob and Kitty for organizing this event.

    June 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do to road closure we are driving up directly to Lick Obsebatory

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    ALERT: ROAD CLOSURE!
    Hello all! If you were planning on starting up Mt Hamilton Road from Alum Rock Ave, PLEASE CHANGE YOUR ROUTE TO USE QUIMBY ROAD INSTEAD! The following message just came from Lick Observatory Staff as of 4:15 pm: "We've just heard that the Mt. Hamilton Road is currently closed at a point approximately half way between Grand View and the entrance to Grant Park due to a fallen tree. Cal Trans has been notified but we don't have an estimate on how long it will take to clear the road. Plan on using Quimby Road to the avoid the closure. We will send out another update if we get more information before the start of the program." If possible I will try to keep you informed from my iPhone. (I myself was just heading up early from Alum Rock, and have to turn around. Kitty can you suggest an alternate carpool lot on Quimby? Hope you all can still make it! Bob

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like some folks are hoping to carpool from the dirt lot Kitty suggested in blue above. If you have room and can drive others up for the picnic (leaving the lot by 5:15) or just the concert (leaving the lot by 6:15), please post how many you can take up and what time. All drivers: be sure to have half a tank because there is no gas station on the mountain!

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We can take 2-3 at 5:15 at the dirt parking lot.

      June 29, 2013

  • Glenn N

    Wait, concert starts at 8:30, not 8. Don't count on us for picnic at 7.

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Concert starts at 8:30 as Glenn says, but Lick staff asked us to have the picnic from 6-7 so as not to interfere with other setup. To simplify carpooling we decided to list just 2 arrival times as 6 (picnic) and 7 (concert), which allows those with General Admission tickets to still grab good seats. For a select few who hold Advanced tickets (purchased in April), and not carpooling or picnicking, you can arrive after 8 and still claim your will call tickets as Ramblers (so long as they weren't given away by mistake!). Note that there are daylight-only activities such as solar observing and photo ops with the Lick Refractor, plus browsing exhibits & gift shop before the concert.

      June 29, 2013

  • Glenn N

    Based on past experience, we expect to join you for picnic around 7. Since we have reserved seating (correct?), we should not need to queue up with the hoi polloi.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may be coming separately with my husband - and not carpooling. Should I still plan to meet at the picnic area, or can we go straight to will call to pick up our tickets?

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Also, re: your comments in blue above, "Doors open at 7:30 (West side). It will take about 45 min to an hour from the dirt lot to the Observatory according to google maps." Does this mean we'll be walking for 45-60 mins from the dirt lot by the picnic area to the concert area? Not sure my husband will be up for that.

      June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry Shelly, I didn't see your follow on questions until just now. Yes the tickets purchased in April are "advanced" with special Ramblers concert seating. The "45 min to an hour from the dirt lot to the Observatory" refers to driving time, not walking. Sorry for any confusion.

      June 28, 2013

  • Kitty

    Can I get a quick headcount of who is coming to the picnic?

    Advanced ticket holders please meet at the picnic area at 7:15 pm. We will get in as a group.

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We will be there (2) for Kitty2.

      June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes Drew, your ticket from me is "advanced" meaning you'll go in with Kitty & the group at 7:30 and have special seating. To join the picnic, arrive at 6, otherwise 7.

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    There are still some open questions?
    1. Where is the carpool area to be (the dirt parking lot and what time should we leave to get to the picnic area for 6-7pm)?
    ... long mountain road
    ... 40-60 min walk from parking lot to picnic area
    ...??? just confused.
    anyone carpooling? We are going to be in Carmel in the morning and want to coordinate our schedules. If too tight, we will just drive up.

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Katherine. The picnic area is just adjacent the rear parking area, so no long walk. Not sure who is taking passengers up from the carpool lot (any volunteers?), but to arrive for the picnic at 6 you should start up the mountain from that lot about 5:15. To be at the top by 7 for the concert (no picnic) start from the carpool lot at around 6:15. If driving up, be sure to have at least half a tank, as there's no gas station on the mountain. More questions?

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok, so am I the only one who isn;t familiar with the "Hamilton Courtyard"? Where, exactly, is this? On Mt. Hamilton or somewhere down the road? If on top, why not have picnic there? I'm a bit confused myself...

    June 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Drew. Hamilton Courtyard is on the east side of the main building - on the "back" side from the front doors you will see when you first drive to the top. The main building is the long one with domes at either end. Does that help?

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I signed up long ago. But guess I didn't RSVP.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe the usual carpool fees should go up on this one due to the long mountain climb. I will gladly pay someone double for a ride to lick observatory on Saturday after next. But it would be nice to meet somewhere other than the designated carpool area, such as the standard Hwy 9 at college avenue / safeway / parking area in Los Gatos, or any other safe place for cars.

    June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just spoke with another lick volunteer who lives near the suggested parking lot at Alum Rock and Mt. Hamilton. Here' what he says, ""

      June 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      "Never heard of anyone getting ticketed there. The issue is that I have heard of cars being broken into.
      Sometimes bicycle with ACTC ( a bike club) they sometines park in front of an elementry school , Linda Vista  on Kirk, just a few blocks away". The address is: 157 Kirk Ave
      San Jose‎ CA‎ 95127
      USA

      June 17, 2013

  • Glenn N

    Picnic for us in the Hamilton Courtyard, otherwise known as the Lick Observatory Wind Tunnel.

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to that carpool information! I don't trust my car for this trip.

    June 12, 2013

    • Kitty

      I will go check out the exact spot for car pool this weekend and post it.

      June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Strange, I thought my reservations were for 2. I paid for 2 tickets. Is it still possible to increase my reservations to +1 since I should be getting two tickets?

    June 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      looks like I can yipeee...

      June 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, as of today, June 12 there are still tickets online at santacruztickets for this June 29 event.

      June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had purchased 2 tickets..

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just learned that I am scheduled as an "outside volunteer" for this event, along with 4 other amateur astronomers with our telescopes.

    We are in for some real treats on June 29, weather permitting! Objects visible will be:

    Bootids meteor shower - within Earth's own atmosphere
    Saturn - about 1 "light hour" away
    Ring Nubula M57 in Lyra - 4200 light years (ly) away
    Globular Cluster (of stars) M13 in Hercules - 22 kly
    Whirlpool Galaxy M51 near the Big Dipper - 23 mly
    Virgo Cluster (of galaxies) - 60 mly

    So after the concert, and the lecture, and views through the Great Lick Refractor and Nickel telescopes, come join the party outside!

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A long time passed. Our clocks show 13.8 billion years since time began. In the first 10 b.y. stars fused hydrogen into enough heavy atoms to form solid planets and water. Then some molecules learned to copy themselves. Another 3.5 b.y. of experiments led some copies to become curious, and invent telescopes. After just 400 years more, a tiny bit of the universe has awakened and found ourselves in an immense place.

    The Sloan Sky Survey produced this map of our galactic neighborhood. These 400,000 galaxies appear as puffs of smoke, arranged in delicate filaments. Yet each galaxy, like our own Milky Way, holds probably 100 billion solar systems. Embark now on your personal 2-minute virtual voyage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08LBltePDZw

    I first saw this video last year at a talk by Sandra Faber at UCSC. At first, this cosmic view left me feeling small and insignificant. Slowly I came to realize the incredible privilege of being one of the rare dust specs in the cosmos to understand.

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You may be surprised by some "fun facts" about James Lick:
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/35570085/LickFunFacts.txt

    We are working on a convenient way to pre-order tickets. The deadline will likely be April 24.

    April 16, 2013

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