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

August 10th, 2024  8:00pm

Performer: Golden Bough

Astronomy Speaker:  Dr. Jorge Moreno

Golden Bough

Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany, and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic.

Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle, and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. Visit the Golden Bough website for more information.

Lecture Information

Dr. Jorge Moreno (Pomona College)

“The intriguing lives of galaxies without dark matter”

Dr. Jorge Moreno

Dr. Jorge Moreno is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Pomona College, and the fourth Mexican scholar to receive tenure in astronomy/astrophysics in the United States. He is also the 2023-2025 IDEA Scholar(Flatiron Institute), and the recipient of the 2023 Vera Rubin Distinguished Professorship (UC Santa Cruz). His field of expertise is computational astrophysics, and he works on various aspects of galaxy evolution and structure formation.  He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, received ~1 million dollars in funding, and has recently solved the puzzle behind the existence of dark matter deficient galaxies, which gathered significant media coverage.

He also enjoys exploring the intersections of astronomy, pedagogy, mentoring and art. At the national level, he has served as the chair of the AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy.  On the eve of the Trump presidency he led a Town Hall on Racism in Astronomy at the 229th AAS Meeting, attended by over 2000 astronomers. He was also the director of the Harvard Aztlán Institute, a summer research program aimed to uplift minoritized undergraduate students in astronomy.

In recent years, he has focused his advocacy efforts to the way we teach and mentor the next generation. This includes work at his own institution and the delivery of (paid) workshops nationwide. In 2023 he coined the term astromimicry as a way to allow the universe to inspire us to create more inclusive communities.

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 at Music of the Spheres.

Program Information

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

Gift shop is open from 7:00pm-8:00pm, and reopens after the concert until 11:30pm.

Detailed Event Program

More general information about the event is available at Music of the Spheres.