Lick Observatory: Ask an Astronomer

October 25, 2020, 3:00 pm

4:00 pm

If you’ve ever been curious about space, now you can learn about it from real astronomers! During this event, a group from Lick Observatory will be answering public questions in a live Zoom discussion. Any and all questions about astronomy will be considered, and there is no age limit to submit a query. Even if you don’t have a question right now, join us anyway and maybe we will spark your interest!

© 2003 Laurie Hatch, image and text
- Mt. Hamilton  California
2003 Spring

- Looking west from Kepler Peak at twilight, dome lights briefly illuminate  the Lick 36” (left) and Shane 120“ (right) telescopes. Soon the lights will be extinguished, and telescopes and domes will rotate toward the first objects of the night. Observing has already begun at the Nickel 40” Reflector in the smaller dome at horizon level just left of center; its darkened slit is also facing east. Midway between the Main Building and the Shane are the Tauchmann 22” Reflector left, and Carnegie Double Astrograph right.      

- The photographer thanks UCO / Lick Observatory staff for their continual and enthusiastic support.

- Lick Observatory crowns the 4,200-foot Mt. Hamilton summit above Silicon Valley in central California. This research station serves astronomers from University of California campuses and their collaborators worldwide. Eccentric Bay Area tycoon and philanthropist James Lick (1796-1876) bequeathed funding for construction which spanned from 1880 to 1887, fulfilling his vision of the Observatory as a premier astronomical facility. In 1959, the Shane 3-meter reflecting telescope was completed on Mt. Hamilton. It continues to provide data for forefront research and engineering programs. In total, the mountain top is home to ten telescopes which are supported by resident staff and by headquarters at UC Santa Cruz. Acclaimed for academic excellence, technical expertise, and superior instrumentation, Lick Observatory probes the expanding frontiers of space. 


Pentax 67ii, 90mm f/2.8 lens
Velvia 50 Color Reversal film, shot at 100 ISO
Exposure: 4 seconds @ f/8 
- For more information:,,,

Add to Your Favorites

Add to Your Calendar


Target Audience


Restricted Content

The content for this session is only available to registered users. Not registered? Sign up here.

Watch a Recording of this Event

Event Host

The UC Berkeley Department of Astronomy believes in the importance of engaging with our local communities and is currently working to develop new programs to facilitate these efforts. We aim to invest in the next generation of Astronomers by: Creating informational tools and materials with the intent to aide in the understanding of Astronomy-related concepts and topics. Providing more interactive, face-to-face opportunities for those who otherwise would not have ready access to the various types of resources in our employ. Ultimately, our goal is to provide a launching pad for those who possess a curiosity in our field of study and to encourage the burgeoning interests of individuals of all ages.