Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Google Gives Lick Observatory a Million Dollars

As some regular readers of these posts may remember, I have the privilege of serving as Vice-Chair of the Lick Observatory Council, a group formed to help save the observatory, when it was threatened by closure due to University of California budget constraints. That threat was lifted a few months ago by the University of California President's Office, but money to operate Lick at full capacity is still very much needed. So the Council, under the energetic leadership of Prof. Alex Filippenko of Berkeley, has been working to find new sponsors and supporters for the historic observatory.

Today, Lick announced a one million dollar gift from Google to give our efforts a running start. The gift is a direct result of contacts Alex Filippenko made at Google and his eloquent explanations of why Lick was still at the forefront of both research and education. To read more about the situation at Lick and the gift, see the full story at:http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/02/10/google-gives-lick-observatory-1-million/

To see Alex Filippenko's passionate argument why Lick Observatory should not be allowed to wither, see his talk in the Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEY2pzxda1w

For example, it's fair to say that the work at Lick contributed in a very significant way to the discovery of the acceleration of the expansion of the universe, which received the Nobel Prize in physics in 2011, and (just recently) the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics.

And if you would like to get involved in the effort, please go to:http://www.ucolick.org/public/friends/

(The beautiful image of the observatory from the air at the top is by Lick Observatory Council member Jim Katzman.)

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