Our History

How do you want to be remembered?

That’s the question behind the creation of the Lick Observatory and the road to get there: Mt Hamilton Road or California State Route 130.

James Lick wanted to be remembered and as the end of his life approached he considered the best way to ensure his memory. Friends of his steered him away from large statues and towards the construction of an astronomical observatory that would explore our universe and expand our knowledge. Lick selected the summit of Mt Hamilton as the location for the observatory that he could see from his home, and one that would make seeing the stars easier. Donating $700,000, Lick requested of Santa Clara County a “first-class road.” And in 1876 the road was completed, and so began the work to build the observatory.

In 1887, the observatory was completed. A year later Lick passed away and his estate donated the observatory to the Regents of the University of California. Today the Lick Observatory is still in operation and continues to contribute to our understanding of the universe.

The Grandview Restaurant, 15005 Mt Hamilton Rd, San Jose, Ca, serves everyone looking for some good food, continuing a tradition that stretches back as long as the Mt Hamilton Road. Many different businesses have operated at this location, servicing the workers and travelers heading up and back Mt Hamilton and the Diablo Range.

The Lick Observatory and its staff have discovered many significant astronomical objects:

Several moons of Jupiter

  • Amalthea
  • Ananke
  • Elara
  • Himalia
  • Lysithea
  • Sinope

Asteroids:

  • Near-Earth asteroid (29075) 1950 DA

Several extrasolar planets:

  • Quintuple planet system:
    55 Cancri[20]
  • Triple planet system:
    Upsilon Andromedae (with Whipple Observatory)
  • Double planet systems:
    HD 38529 (with Keck Observatory)
    HD 12661 (with Keck)
    Gliese 876 (with Keck)
    47 Ursae Majoris

The first detection of emission lines in the spectrum of an active galaxy[21]

The jet emerging from the active nucleus in Messier 87[22]

The hidden active galactic nucleus in NGC 1068,[23] detected using spectropolarimetry

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