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.

August 23rd, 2024  8:00pm

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. John Brewer

Lecture Information

Dr. John Brewer (San Francisco State University)

The Many Worlds Around Other Stars

John Brewer started as an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in 2019 where his research group is focusing on the detection and characterization of exoplanets. His most recent work demonstrated the power of Extreme Precision Radial Velocities to uncover previously hidden planetary architectures in well studied systems. As a postdoc, then Associate Researcher at Yale University, Brewer continued his pursuit of accurate and precise stellar abundances to better understand planet formation while designing and developing the software for the EXPRES spectrograph. In 2015 he presented a new spectroscopic analysis procedure that delivers gravities consistent with those from asteroseismology in addition to abundances for 15 elements. Using this, and an updated catalog from Kepler targets in 2018, he was able to show that compact systems of rocky planets make up an increasing number of planetary systems at lower metallicities, that C/O ratios are low in local stars leading the magnesium silicate geology and that hot Jupiters may migrate via disk-free migration, and that initial chemical differences don’t account for small planet radius differences. In 2010, Dr. Brewer designed the Planet Hunters citizen science tool and in 2011 built a web interface for the CHIRON spectrograph, drawing on knowledge from his previous career as a software developer and web designer.

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

7:00 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 7:00pm until 11:00pm.

Detailed Event Program

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