Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton California, during the 2003 Opposition of Mars: Tony Misch and Bill Sheehan seated at the operator’s console of the 36″ look over the evening’s output.
Â© 2003 Laurie Hatch / image and text
– LICK OBSERVATORY
– Mt. Hamilton California
Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton California, during the 2003 Opposition of Mars: Tony Misch and Bill Sheehan seated at the operator’s console of the 36″ look over the evening’s output. The open book in the foreground is one of E. E. Barnard’s observing books from the 1894 opposition.
– Lick Observatory crowns the 4,200-foot Mt. Hamilton summit above Silicon Valley in central California. This research station serves astronomers from University of California campuses and their collaborators worldwide. Eccentric Bay Area tycoon and philanthropist James Lick (1796-1876) bequeathed funding for construction which spanned from 1880 to 1887, fulfilling his vision of the Observatory as a premier astronomical facility. In 1959, the Shane 3-meter reflecting telescope was completed on Mt. Hamilton. It continues to provide data for forefront research and engineering programs. In total, the mountain top is home to ten telescopes which are supported by resident staff and by headquarters at UC Santa Cruz. Acclaimed for academic excellence, technical expertise, and superior instrumentation, Lick Observatory probes the expanding frontiers of space.
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