Professional Telescopes. By: Kelly Beatty November 30, 6. You can unsubscribe anytime. Last year the University of California ordered its astronomers to make historic Lick Observatory self-supporting by Now there's been a change of heart, and the university will continue to pay for its operation. A year ago, the situation looked bleak for historic Lick Observatory , the venerable year-old mountaintop facility that overlooks California's Silicon Valley.
Lick Observatory Gets a Reprieve
Lick Observatory Gets a Reprieve - Sky & Telescope - Sky & Telescope
For 50 years, the 3-meter Shane Telescope has helped keep Lick Observatory at the forefront of modern astronomy. It has been used by University of California astronomers for pioneering research on everything from quasars to extrasolar planets, as well as for the development of cutting-edge technologies such as adaptive optics, now used to sharpen the vision of telescopes around the world. Lick Observatory is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Shane Telescope on Saturday, September Tickets are still available for the event, which includes a strolling dinner; a lecture on extrasolar planets by UC Berkeley astronomer Geoffrey Marcy; tours of the observatory; and weather permitting viewing with the telescopes. For details and reservations, visit the Lick Observatory web site or call
Lick Observatory is located atop Mt. Photo by Laurie Hatch. Important astronomy tools such as laser-guided adaptive optics, which removes the blurring caused by atmospheric turbulence, were developed at Lick Observatory. Google Inc. So there's a real opportunity to make a difference, through the research, education and public outreach we do at Lick Observatory.
Fire Emergency: The list of immediate needs is growing and our priorities may need to evolve with circumstances. Astronomers 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 , 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.