Welcome to Lick Observatory
Since 1888, Lick has provided UC astronomers with access to world-leading optical-infrared observing equipment.
Lick Observatory is a multi-campus research unit owned and operated by the University of California. It is a major site in the University of California Observatories (UCO), which is headquartered at UC Santa Cruz and responsible for its operations. Lick began operations in 1888 as part of the University of California, founded by a bequest from James Lick, real-estate entrepreneur and California’s wealthiest citizen. Read more.
Our research mission continues today utilizing modern research telescopes and innovative high-tech cameras and instruments. Lick Observatory is committed to the education of the next generation of astronomers. Read more.
Education of the general public is also a key component of Lick Observatory activities. The Visitor Center exhibits highlight Lick Observatory’s science research, technology, and history.
Lick Observatory’s research, facilities, public education and outreach programs are supported in part by generous donations from individuals like you! Donate to Lick Observatory!
Lick Observatory’s Summer Series of events have been scheduled for 2023! More information is available on our Events page. Tickets go on sale at Noon on May 8, 2023 at Eventbrite.
Current Conditions at Lick Observatory
The HamCam web cameras are on a fixed mount providing a view from Lick Observatory on the summit of 4200’ Mount Hamilton. HamCam1 shows San Jose, California and South San Francisco Bay, while HamCam2 shows the Observatory east of the historic Main Building. Click on either camera image to go to the HamCam web site and view current images from all our web cameras.
Current HamCam1 image
Current HamCam2 image