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More Concerts And Public Telescope Viewings Planned For Annual Summer Series At Lick Observatory

More Concerts And Public Telescope Viewings Planned For Annual Summer Series At Lick Observatory

Tickets for the popular Summer Series at UC’s Lick Observatory will go on sale Friday, April 8, for Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) members and Friday, April 15, for the general public at ucsctickets.com. The 2016 program will feature more live music, evening astronomy lectures from world-renowned astronomers, and opportunities for the public to view celestial objects through two historic telescopes.

Automated Planet Finder At Lick Observatory Joins Massive Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe

Automated Planet Finder At Lick Observatory Joins Massive Search For Intelligent Life In The Universe

Internet investor Yuri Milner yesterday announced the Breakthrough Listen project with Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees, Frank Drake, Ann Druyan and Geoff Marcy at The Royal Society in London, a $100 million Breakthrough Prize Initiative to dramatically reinvigorate the search for intelligent life in the universe over the next ten years. This is the biggest scientific search yet for signs of intelligent life beyond Earth.

Astronomers Discover Three Super-Earths Orbiting Nearby Star

Astronomers Discover Three Super-Earths Orbiting Nearby Star

Astronomers have discovered a planetary system orbiting a star only 54 light-years away with the Automated Planet Finder (APF) at Lick Observatory and ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Arizona. The team discovered the planets by detecting a wobble of the star HD 7924 as a result of the gravitational pull of the planets orbiting around it. All three planets orbit the star at a distance closer than Mercury orbits the Sun, completing their orbits in just 5, 15, and 24 days.

Evening Concerts And Rare Telescope Viewings Draw Visitors To UC’s Lick Observatory

Evening Concerts And Rare Telescope Viewings Draw Visitors To UC’s Lick Observatory

For 35 years the Summer Series program at UC's Lick Observatory has drawn concert fans and astronomy devotees to the summit of Mt. Hamilton for live music, evening astronomy lectures from world-renowned scientists, and the opportunity to view celestial objects through two historic telescopes.