The Lick Observatory began operation in 1888 and was funded by the real-estate entrepreneur, James Lick who donated $700,000 making it the largest philanthropic gift, in the history of science. The observatory has been operated by the University of California and offers exhibits of some of the material related to the observatory's history and the science studied here.
Aerial view of Lick Observatory
Backstory and Context
The observatory also serves as the University of California's lead testing location for developing new instruments and technology for optical astronomy. Upgrades to the facility are developed done UC Santa Cruz and UCLA campuses. It was originally ran by director Dr. Charles Donald Shane and co-operated with Mary Lea Heger Shane. Tours are offered daily and schedule night tours are offered on a limited basis,in summer.
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Photo by Laurie Hatch