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 28th, 2024  8:30pm

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Stefano Valenti

Lecture Information

Dr. Stefano Valenti (UC Davis)

The Golden Era of Time Domain Astrophysics: New Explosions and Their Origins

Dr. Stefano Valenti is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Davis. He received his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Ferrara, Italy in 2008. Before joining UC Davis, he was an assistant project scientist at UC Santa Barbara and the Los Cumbres Observatory and was a National Institute of Astrophysics Fellow. Dr. Valenti is currently focusing his research on supernovae, particularly the early evolution of these explosions by using a network of robotic telescopes to observe 1000 nearby galaxies every night to discover and monitor supernova. In the early hours to days after explosion, supernovae provide clues to how they explode and what their progenitor star systems are. He has also conducted research in cosmology, AGN reverberation mapping, astronomical surveys and time domain phenomena.

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased at Eventbrite starting April 17, 2024 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 10th, 2024, join our Friends of Lick Observatory (FoLO) program by March 1st, 2024. 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.