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Due to COVID-19 we are not able to carryout many of our in-person EPO programs. All large crowd events such as “Music of the Spheres” and “Evening with the Stars” events have been cancelled for the Summer 2021 season. Decisions on the smaller viewing nights will be made in late May.

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La Noche de las Estrellas
“La Noche de las Estrellas” is a special Lick Observatory visitors night for the Spanish-speaking community (by invitation only). Lick Observatory hosted approximately 100 high school students and family members from five nearby High Schools (Gonzales, Soledad, Salinas, Castroville, and Watsonville) for the inaugural event on Friday, September 28th, 2017. The students and family members enjoyed a Spanish-speaking evening on Mount Hamilton, featuring short lectures by renowned scientists (e.g., UCSC Astronomy Prof. Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Prof. Jesus Gonzales, Director of the Astronomy Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico), followed by telescope viewings after dark through Lick Observatory’s 36″ Great Refractor and 40″ Nickel telescopes. More smaller telescopes were available outside of the observatory for everyone to look through. The students and their family members also had the opportunity to meet astronomers like Prof. Claire Max (UC Observatories Director), Prof. Emerita Sandra Faber (UCSC and UCO/Lick), Prof. Emeritus David Koo (UCSC and UCO/Lick), Prof. Xavier Prochaska (UCSC and UCO/Lick), and dignities from the Mexican Consulate, among others. Free transportation is a unique feature of the program that is included in order to give access to the program to students from all economic backgrounds. This special event was sponsored and made possible by: The University of California Observatories (UCO) University of California, Santa Cruz MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) U.S. National Science Foundation Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO)
Summer Series at Lick Observatory
Regretfully we are unable to hold these specific events again this year due to covid restrictions, as the protection of our visitors and staff remains of the utmost importance to us. The uncertainty of the next few months just doesn’t work for the logistics and time needed to plan and execute Music of the Spheres & Evening with the Stars. You can rest assured that for these two bigger observatory events, we are going to come back stronger with our line up in 2022.  In the meantime we are excited to be working on providing the opportunity for Public Evening Tours & Photography Nights, these work well for smaller groups, making them much easier to safely facilitate for our staff and visitors. We are tentatively looking at dates in August and September 2021. We will continue to do our popular virtual events series. You can find all the Living Room Lectures & Ask-an-Astronomer recordings on our YouTube channel – The University of California Observatories. If you would like more details nearer the time for our proposed in-person events at Lick Observatory this summer, please email us at social@ucolick.org, we’ll make sure to include you in the mailing list.