The Lick Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by the University of California. It is situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, in the Diablo Range just east of San Jose, California, US. The observatory is managed by the University of California Observatories, with headquarters on the University of California, Santa Cruz campus, where its scientific staff moved in the mid-1960s. It is named after James Lick.To visit Lick Observatory and other attractions in Mount Hamilton, use our Mount Hamilton day trip planner.
The first new moon of Jupiter to be identified since the time of Galileo was discovered at this observatory; Amalthea, the planet's fifth, was discovered at this observatory in 1892.
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We took a tour of Lick Observatory with a docent and you get to go into the huge observatory dome. It's just amazing how it came to be, what it took to build and the brilliant engineering. We drove... more »
A place steeped in colorful history and many scientific discoveries. It is still actively used by astronomers all over the world, due to the "remote observation" feature of the 3 meter telescope. We.... more »
Fantastic and historical place right here in the Bay Area. All the telescopes are fantastic and marvellous piece of ingenuity and technology. Apart from the telescopes, lots of engineering and technological things to see and appreciate, like the platform that completely raises/lowers. Due to its elevation, the observatory can get cold on most days.
Lick observatory is a great place for science and nature lover both. The information shared during the talk session which happens every one hour was quite helpful. I believe it will help people to inculcate scientific and astronomic interest.
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