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Explore Astronomy at Lick Observatory

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ClassGraphic Join Karl to explore basic astronomical concepts, historic and modern instruments, and methods, and take a trip up the Lick Observatory for a guided tour! Lick Observatory, a world-class observatory and historic site, was founded in 1888, and was the first mountain top observatory in the US! It sits high atop Mount Hamilton at 4,200 feet elevation. The property includes historic and important modern research telescopes, beautiful architecture, and breathtaking views of the valley below and the sky above like no other!

The first class meeting takes place at the Cabrillo Aptos campus for a presentation and discussion of astronomical history and the development of telescopes, to help prepare you to get the most out of your evening at the Lick Observatory.

Our second class meeting at the Lick Observatory includes a guided walking tour, a lecture on the history of Lick: the man and the observatory, and a visit to the dome of the famous 36 inch refractor. Weather permitting, you will look through this awesome instrument. It was once the largest—and remains the 2nd largest refracting telescope in the world!

Please note, the trip to Lick Observatory includes 365 turns as you wind your way up Mount Hamilton road to the observatory! Plan to take it slow and take in the views as you make your way up the mountain. You may even plan to arrive at the site early for a picnic dinner as you enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the Bay Area you’ll ever see!

View additional class information, including a list of required tools, equipment, and supplies.

Wear comfortable shoes and bring warm clothes; the nights can be quite cool and we’ll be walking for most of the tour.

Class Details

2 Session(s)
Days of the Week :Multiple Days of the Week :
  Weekly - Fri.  
  Weekly - Fri.  

Location : Multiple Location : 
  Aptos Main Campus
  Lick Observatory.

Instructor : Karl von Ahnen 

 

Notice

Please read:  Please note, the trip to Lick Observatory during the second class meeting includes 365 turns as you wind your way up Mount Hamilton road to the observatory! Plan to take it slow and take in the views as you make your way up the mountain. Wear comfortable shoes and bring warm clothes; the nights can be quite cool and we’ll be walking for most of the tour. Review additional class information, including a list of required tools, equipment, and supplies.

In alignment with public health guidelines, in-person classes may occur with modifications. Please review the 2022 In-Person Class Information prior to attending class for the most up-to-date information on Extension's policies, procedures, and expectations.

For maps and detailed information about parking on campus, please visit the Maps and Parking webpage.

Fee: 

$115.00


Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
10/21/2022 - 10/21/2022 Weekly - Fri 06:30 PM - 09:30 PM Aptos, Aptos Main Campus  Map, Room: 609 Karl von Ahnen 
10/28/2022 - 10/28/2022 Weekly - Fri 05:30 PM - 10:30 PM Mt Hamilton, Lick Observatory  Map Karl von Ahnen 

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Explore Astronomy at Lick Observatory
ID: 11243

09/23/22 - 09/30/22
Weekly - Fri
2 sessions.

Location
Multiple

Instructor
Karl von Ahnen