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  University of California Observatories
The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a Multi-Campus Research Unit of the University of California, with headquarters at the UC Santa Cruz campus.
UCO operates on behalf of the astronomers at all ten UC campuses and is comprised of extensive technical facilities, a business office, telescope and support facilities at the Lick Observatory on Mt Hamilton and a staff of astronomers.
Lick Observatory: Music of the Spheres concert series offers the public musical entertainment followed by an astronomy talk and viewing through the 36-inch telescope.
www.ucolick.org   (624 words)

  Lick Observatory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The observatory is managed from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where its scientific staff moved in the mid-1960s.
The observatory was constructed between 1876 and 1887, from a bequest from James Lick.
In April, 1888, the observatory was turned over to the Regents of the University of California, and it became the first permanently occupied mountain-top observatory in the world.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lick_Observatory   (814 words)

 Lick Observatory. The Columbia Gazetteer of North America. 2000
Lick Observatory, astronomical observatory, on Mt. Hamilton, Santa Clara co., Calif., 15 mi/24 km E of San Jose, in Diablo range of Coast Ranges.
The 1st mountaintop observatory in the world, it was founded through gifts made by James Lick in 1874–1875 and came under the direction of the Univ. of Calif. in 1888.
The original telescope at the observatory is a 36 in/91 cm refracting telescope, 2d largest in the world after the 40 in/102 cm refractor at Yerkes.
www.bartleby.com /69/53/L04053.html   (162 words)

 National Park Service: Astronomy and Astrophysics (Lick Observatory Building)
The Lick Observatory building was designed by architect S.E. Todd of Washington, DC, in the Italian Renaissance style with the use of deep entablatures and moldings, and a pediment over the west door.
James Lick took a personal interest in evaluating various sites for the location of his observatory but the final decision in favor of Mount Hamilton, located east of San Jose, in the Diablo Mountain Range, was made by Thomas Fraser, James Lick's foreman at the Lick homestead, and close associate.
The 36-inch lens for the Lick refractor was cast by a firm headed by Charles Feil, of Paris, France, and ground by the American firm of Alvan Clark, the premier telescope-making firm in the United States.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/butowsky5/astro4b.htm   (1842 words)

 Lick Observatory
The Lick Observatory is a research facility of the University of California situated on the summit of Mount Hamilton, California[?].
The Observatory was founded in 1888 by the eccentric millionaire James Lick[?].
The 36-inch refractor telescope[?] was in 1888 the world's largest telescope, but it was outperformed in 1897 by the Yerkes 40-inch refractor.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/li/Lick_Observatory.html   (54 words)

 Building of Lick Observatory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Shortly before his death in 1876, James Lick, an adopted son of California and one of the state's wealthiest citizens, put his name on a deed of trust which, among other bequests, designated a sum of money for the construction of a telescope "superior to and more powerful" than any yet made.
Lick's deed of trust did not spell out the details of the new observatory, leaving the Board of Trust great latitude and a great burden of responsibility in carrying out his wishes.
Richard Floyd was a plantation-raised gentleman, a veteran of the Confederate navy, a former prisoner of war, a sea captain, and, at age 31, retired and newly married to the beautiful and wealthy Cora Lyons.
mtham.ucolick.org /public/history/bldg_the_obs.html   (2325 words)

 Exhibits: Astronomy in California 1850-1950
Lick Observatory's first director, Edward S. Holden, considered the measurement of "stellar velocities in the line of sight," or "radial velocities," an important program for the Observatory.
Campbell changed the direction of Lick Observatory research from that of pioneering astrophysical investigation to the steady accumulation of radial velocity data when he assumed the Directorship in 1901.
Mills was a trustee for the will of James Lick, whose bequest of $700,000 funded the observatory in 1887.
www.chabotspace.org /vsc/exhibits/califastronomy/lickartifacts.asp   (411 words)

 Asterism: Visiting Lick Observatory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Lick Observatory is located in the Coast Range of Central California, on the 4213-foot (1284-meter) summit of Mount Hamilton.
The observatory is 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco and 13 miles (21 kilometers) east of San Jose.
Lick Observatory, which has been operated by the University of California since 1888, is an astronomical research facility serving astronomers from campuses throughout the State.
www.hallsvalley.org /lick/lick.html   (143 words)

 National Park Service: Astronomy and Astrophysics (Lick Crossley 36-inch Reflector)
The Crossley 36-inch reflector at the Lick Observatory was built by British amateur astronomer Andrew Ainslie Common in England in 1876.
The Crossley 36-inch reflector is found a few hundred yards southwest of the Main Observatory Building of the Lick Observatory and is still in use as an operational scientific instrument for the study of the stars and galaxies.
The Crossley 36-inch reflector at the Lick Observatory was the first of a long line of metal-film-on-glass modern reflecting telescopes that have dominated major astronomical advances for the past century.
www.cr.nps.gov /history/online_books/butowsky5/astro4c.htm   (2541 words)

If Lick had heard Sunday's celebration from his crypt beneath the observatory's original telescope, he would have been pleased to learn how his bequest has expanded our knowledge of the universe--even if the buildings aren't as grand as the colossal statues and pyramid he had envisioned as monuments to himself in downtown San Francisco.
Friends of the Lick Observatory marked the 200th anniversary of Lick's birth on August 25 with a special edition of "Music of the Spheres," a summer concert series on Mount Hamilton.
Observatory personnel unveiled the bust and a new plaque describing Lick's achievements and philanthropic deeds.
www.ucsc.edu /news_events/press_releases/archive/96-97/08-96/082696-Lick_Observatory_ma.html   (823 words)

 Kickin’ At The Lick at www.brendonwilson.com
Normally, the observatory is only open during the day, but the Summer Visitor Program invites visitors to view the stars through the 40-inch and 36-inch telescopes and listen to some of the observatory’s staff talk about the history of the observatory, and the research it is currently undertaking.
Dorothy gave a lively account of the man’s life and times, culminating in Lick being buried in the base of the 36-inch telescope at the Lick Observatory, and then traced through the history of the astronomers who made their names at the observatory.
After the lectures, we were treated by the telescopes of both the Lick Observatory and a number of amateur astronomers to views of M11 (The Wild Duck Cluster), M31 (The Andromeda Galaxy), M57 (The Ring Nebula), and M17 (The Swan Nebula).
www.brendonwilson.com /blog/2004/08/08/kickin-at-the-lick   (351 words)

 Bill Keel's Telescope Life List - Lick Observatory
Lick Observatory (University of California), Mount Hamilton, California
Lick Observatory, long the primary astronomical facility for the entire University of California system, is where I did my graduate training, and much of my dissertation research.
The 1-m telescope was installed in the dome formerly occupied by the first permanent telescope at Lick, the original 12-inch Clark refractor, at the north end of the same building best known for the 36-inch refractor.
www.astr.ua.edu /keel/telescopes/lick.html   (1427 words)

 Lick Observatory honored
Accepting the award on behalf of the observatory was research astronomer and operations director Remington Stone.
Lick Observatory was the first major mountaintop observatory and continues to be an important research site.
The Lick Observatory astronomers, as well as the administrative and technical headquarters, are based on the UCSC campus.
www.ucsc.edu /currents/02-03/12-02/lick.html   (650 words)

 Lick Observatory Field Trip
When we arrived at the parking lot of the observatory there were television trucks and commentators talking about the wild fires in the surrounding hillsides as well as fire fighters there using the high location as a command center.
Lick Observatory was originally built with funds from James Lick an early California settler who owned a large amount of the city of San Francisco at the beginning of the California gold rush.
James Lick is buried in the cement pier that supports the 3 foot refractor telescope that we used for viewing the stars.
www.ccastronomy.org /field_trips_lick_2003-8-28.htm   (1677 words)

 Lick Observatory History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The University of California's Lick Observatory, located in the Diablo Range east of San Jose, California, has a long and fascinating history.
The legacy of the eccentric California millionaire James Lick, the Observatory was founded in 1888 and has been part of the University of California ever since.
Lick Observatory has grown to keep pace with the changing demands of astronomy, and, after more than a century of operation, remains among the most productive research observatories in the world.
mtham.ucolick.org /public/history   (117 words)

 History of University of Washington Astronomy
He became a staff member at Lick Observatory, but due to a muscular strain incurred while moving the big telescope, he was unable to continue as an observer and thus sought a less physically strenuous position.
Schaeberle at Lick on the instruments to be purchased.
Taylor designed an observatory building himself and employed two local carpenters to erect the frame and a mason to build the brick pier on which the telescope would be mounted.
www.astro.washington.edu /observatory/history_uw_astro.html   (1397 words)

 Laser guide star teams with adaptive optics to shed light on massive star formation
The yellow laser beam piercing the heavens over Lick Observatory became operational on the 10-foot Shane telescope last year, expanding use of the telescope's "rubber mirror" system, called adaptive optics, to the entire nighttime sky.
Strapped to the bore of the Lick telescope, the laser shines a narrow beam about 60 miles through the turbulent zone into the upper atmosphere, where the laser light stimulates sodium atoms to absorb and re-emit light of the same color.
Since then, she and colleagues have been perfecting the laser and the software that allows the mirror - in the case of Lick's 120-inch telescope, a 3-inch secondary mirror inside the main telescope - to be flexed just right to remove the twinkle from stars.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2004-02/uoc--lgs022304.php   (1602 words)

 Looking Further : Lick Observatory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Lick Observatory sits atop Mount Hamilton, near San Jose, California.
The sheer size of the Lick lens provided enough light to allow the slow and insensitive photographic plates of the day to record feeble stellar spectra.
Radial velocity, the speed of motion in the line of sight, was thought to be the key to revealing the motions of the known Universe.
www.nasm.si.edu /exhibitions/gal111/universe/etu/html/looking_further/spectroscopy/lick.html   (173 words)

Astronomers at Lick Observatory regret that there are no public facilities available to view the comet from atop Mount Hamilton.
Lick Observatory is an astronomical research facility operated by the University of California Observatories.
The observatory's visitors center is open to the public from 12:30 to 5 p.m.
www.ucsc.edu /news_events/press_releases/archive/96-97/03-97/031397-Lick_Observatory_no.html   (639 words)

 Lick Observatory History
The University of California's Lick Observatory, located in the Diablo Range east of San Jose, California, has a long and fascinating history.
The legacy of the eccentric California millionaire James Lick, the Observatory was founded in 1888 and has been part of the University of California ever since.
Lick Observatory has grown to keep pace with the changing demands of astronomy, and, after more than a century of operation, remains among the most productive research observatories in the world.
mthamilton.ucolick.org /public/history   (117 words)

 Lick Observatory Shows Visitors the Moons and the Stars / Big telescopes, universe photos in San Jose
Lick had a ranch near Mount Hamilton, a 4,200-foot peak on the eastern edge of San Jose.
Lick's memory has been honored many times over at the University of California-run observatory, where astronomers have made discoveries including the fifth moon of Jupiter and the existence of planets outside our solar system.
In the summer, the observatory sponsors visitors' nights and concerts, when citizen stargazers can look through the telescope and see the bands on Saturn or the mountains and craters of the moon.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/02/05/PN73554.DTL   (1136 words)

 The Lick Observatory
The astronomical facility at the Lick Observatory is operated by the University of California and includes nine major telescope domes, as well as guest housing for astronomers and assorted astronomy-related research labs.
The historically significant Lick 36-inch (about 1 m) refracting telescope was commissioned in the late nineteenth century as the largest refractor in the world and is mounted in a dome connected to a building containing a small museum and gift shop.
A listing of current Lick Observatory projects is available, as is other information, including a webcam, concerning the Mt. Hamilton observatory, at the Lick website.
www.siu.edu /~pulfrich/Pulfrich_Pages/lit_nonp/phys_astro/2004_Lick/Lick.html   (971 words)

 Lick Observatory, 1888 on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
The lecture was given inside the 36" telescope dome, which made you feel much closer to the history the presenter was discussing.
In that visit we were in the lecture hall for her presentation.
It was a fairly interesting lecture talking about the different characters who were involved in the creation of the Lick Observatory.
www.flickr.com /photos/mrjoro/616474175   (246 words)

 More Info for Mt. Hamilton and Lick Observatory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In August 1996 the Lick Observatory is looking forward to celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birthday of James Lick.
Lick originally wanted to locate the telescope in downtown San Francisco, but Davidson convinced him that a mountain site would be better.
Lick himself took a personal interest in the selection of the mountain site, and considered Lake Tahoe and Mount St. Helena as possible locations.
www.irving.org /cgi-bin/xplore.cgi?lick+36tomb+A+M   (669 words)

 San Jose Hotels: Lick Observatory
Lick Observatory has many hotels located within 5 miles.
The Observatory, on the 4,209-foot summit of Mount Hamilton, is now an observation station overlooking the Santa Clara Valley.
Guided tours, given in the dome of the 36-inch refractor, relate the history of the observatory and discuss the research currently taking place.
www.roomrate.com /sanJose/attractions/LickObservatory.asp   (220 words)

 Lick Observatory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
My favorite story about the Observatory is that it was originally planned for construction in the Sierra Nevadas, but that idea was rejected as no one would be able to get within 40 miles of it in the wintertime.
The location on Mt. Hamilton was eventually chosen because James Lick -- who was bedridden by this point -- would be able to see it from his bedroom window.
After construction on the Observatory was completed, Lick's body was exhumed from his burial site in San Francisco and he was reburied under a support pillar for the 36-inch refractor telescope (the one pictured above), as per his will.
www.asbillccsit.org /lickinfo.html   (635 words)

 American Atheists // James Lick
In 1874 and 1875 Lick decided to cede immense property to seven trustees for the benefit of California for scientific purposes.
The observatory was one of the first in the world located on a site specially chosen for its adaptation to astronomical work.
The observatory now constitutes the Lick Astronomical Department of the University of California and the observatory itself is known as Lick Observatory.
www.atheists.org /Atheism/roots/lick   (1287 words)

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