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UCO/Lick Observatory


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A working observatory since the 1880s, Lick is located on Mt. Hamilton 19 miles east of San Jose and about 60 miles from UC Santa Cruz. The visitors' center and visitors' gallery (housing the 120-inch Shane Telescope) are open to the public. In 1988, the university established the University of California Observatories (UCO), to manage Lick Observatory and UC's component of the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. UCO's headquarters are on the Santa Cruz campus in Kerr Hall.

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