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Evening with the Stars. Photo (c) Laurie Hatch.

August 5th, 2022  8:00pm

Astronomy Speaker:  Brian Day

Lecture Information


Journeys Throughout the Solar System

Brian Day currently serves as Deputy Staff Scientist at NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). As such, he serves alongside the institute’s Director and Deputy Director on SSERVI’s management team, interacting with SSERVI researchers, stakeholders, and international partners.

Brian is also SSERVI’s Lead for Lunar and Planetary Mapping and Modeling. In this role, he serves as program office level project manager and science lead for NASA’s Solar System Treks Project (SSTP), working closely with the project’s development team manager/engineering lead at JPL. SSTP ( produces suites of online data visualization and analysis portals used for mission planning, planetary science, and public outreach. He works with mission planners, researchers, and stakeholders in SSERVI, NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate management to define priorities for planetary bodies to be modeled, data products to be included, and analysis tools to be developed. He serves as an interface between the customer communities (science and exploration, NASA’s), NASA management, and the project’s development team at JPL.

Brian has participated in various Mars analog field studies in extreme, Mars-like environments here in Earth. He previously served as Education and Public Outreach Lead for the LCROSS and LADEE robotic missions to the Moon. In 2007 he flew on NASA’s Aurigid MAC mission to record debris from Comet Kiess entering Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at starting April 13th, 2022 at Noon.

Join Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) and Get Tickets Early
If you’d like to purchase tickets as early as noon on April 6th, 2022, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2022. As a thank you for supporting the observatory, you’ll get special access to purchase tickets before they go on sale for the general public.

More information about tickets and pricing is available here.

Program Information

7:00 pm Doors Open Brief Telescope Visits
8:00 pm Science Talk, Lecture Hall History Talk, Great Refractor Telescope Dome
9:00 pm Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
10:00 pm History Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
12:30 am Doors Close

Gift shop is open from 7:30pm until 11:30pm.

Detailed Event Program

More general information about the event is available at Evening with the Stars.