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Lick Observatory, San Jose

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Lick Astronomical Observatory - a must visit

James Lick is a major part of California’s history, namely in his support to some scientific institutions. His body was buried at the base of the Lick’s Observatory Great Refractor Telescope – still one of the largest in the world.

Today the mountain telescopes are managed by the University of California at Santa Cruz – and the reflector telescopes are the scientific competitive ones. Several moons of Jupiter and some exo-planets are among the major discoveries at Lick.

Getting there takes some time, along the Mt. Hamilton Road, east of San Jose, in the Diablo Range. You may even find coyotes in the winding narrow roads and your brake pads may smell to burn on the way down.

It is definitely a worthy visit, especially if you make it coincide with concerts or art exhibitions that are organized at times. [more ]

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