Visitors are welcome, and the mountain-top location is a great destination for a day trip from the silicon valley. Our ‘evenings with the stars’ programs are held annually as part of our summer series. Great views, and the observatory is informational (lots of text to read). * check-in before you lose signal at the hills. Due to historic construction of the telescope domes, the 36-inch refractor and the 40-inch nickel telescope are not wheelchair accessible at this time. Founded in 1888, lick observatory is at the forefront of astronomical research as an active research facility. Visitors view through the the 36-inch great refractor telescope at lick observatory.
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Lick observatory summer. Inside the old building, you can find a small museum selling souvenirs, some nasa space educational information on several hdtv’s and some public restrooms – there’s even a small post office inside. The event typically lasts between 4 and 6 hours; prepare to drive home late in the evening. The evenings with the stars program also gives the public a chance to view through the 36-inch great lick refractor and the 40-inch nickel reflector. For additional details and ticket information, please visit.
Performer: jasmine string quartet
Please let us know if you will need special assistance (for example, if you will have difficulty climbing stairs), so we can make the necessary arrangements. Driving time from san jose is about one hour via mount hamilton road. (photo by scott lange/nick foster,