2024 Summer Series Public Events have been scheduled! Tickets go on sale on Wednesday April 17th at Noon!
Event Information

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

June 9th, 2023  8:30pm

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Jonathan Fortney

Lecture Information

Dr. Jonathan Fortney (UC – Santa Cruz)

NASA’s Newest Space Telescope and the Exoplanet Atmospheres Revolution

Dr. Jonathan Fortney

Professor Jonathan Fortney is a world leader in understanding planets both inside and outside the solar system. He was a member of NASA’s Kepler Mission science team during the heyday of that mission, which found over 4000 exoplanets.  Jonathan has participated in a number of landmark exoplanet discoveries.  He is currently a member of several teams that are seeing some of the first James Webb Space Telescope data on exoplanet atmospheres.  Jonathan has been a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, since 2008.  Each year he hosts an “Other Worlds Laboratory” summer workshop at UC Santa Cruz that brings together 50 researchers in exoplanet science to create and foster new research collaborations.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite starting May 8th, 2023 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 27th, 2023, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2023. 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

7:30 pm Doors Open Brief Telescope Visits
8:30 pm Science Talk, Lecture Hall History Talk, Great Refractor Telescope Dome
9:30 pm Science Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
10:30 pm History Talk (repeated), Lecture Hall Telescope Viewings
1:00 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.