“University of California's historical observatory”
The University of California's Lick Observatory has been in operation on the 4200-foot summit of Mount Hamilton, east of San Jose, California, since 1888. The observatory is an active center of astronomical research with a long and notable history. Over the years a wealth of material illustrating the growth of astronomy since the observatory's founding accumulated on Mount Hamilton. Lick Observatory arrived on the scene at the beginning of a new era in astronomy. The great advances in chemistry and physics of the nineteenth century were opening new avenues of investigation, and the application of laboratory methods and new technologies at the telescope was revolutionizing observing. Classical astronomy—the observation of positions and motions—was reinventing itself as the modern science of astrophysics.
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