The Lick Observatory Is in Jeopardy

1135 views
3 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
Moderator
  • Member since
    July, 2001
  • From: PA, USA, Earth Moderator
The Lick Observatory Is in Jeopardy
Posted by DaveMitsky on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 1:29 PM

Funding for the University of California's historic Lick Observatory may be coming to an end. 

http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_24734951/lick-observatorys-astronomy-research-could-end

There's more on the observatory at http://www.ucolick.org/index.html and https://www.facebook.com/LickObservatory

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

  • Member since
    October, 2005
Posted by leo731 on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 5:12 PM

This is so sad.  The UC system here in California is destroying itself.  The amount of money demanded from students and how it is spent is truly a complete mess.   Lick Observatory is a prime avenue of research for graduate students that cannot hope to get time on the newest monster scopes in Hawaii or Chile.  This will not be the only major university supported program axed either.  I am sure we will hear about others being retired soon enough. 

We are entering a time when astronomical research will be only for the elite which is a paradox considering that amatuer telescopes and equipment are becoming ever more popular.

L

A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.

Moderator
  • Member since
    July, 2001
  • From: PA, USA, Earth Moderator
Posted by DaveMitsky on Thursday, December 19, 2013 11:24 PM

There's even worse news.  Funding may also be drying up for the 2.1-meter, 3.5-meter and 4-meter optical telescopes at Kitt Peak and the 100-meter Robert C. Byrd radio telescope at Green Bank and the VLBA interferometer.

http://azstarnet.com/news/science/federal-budget-cutting-threatens-the-use-prestige-of-kitt-peak/article_7dcf540e-c846-568c-9e07-7c7563c52c9a.html

http://www.wvgazette.com/News/201302010107

http://www.universetoday.com/96853/

http://www.noao.edu/kpno/

https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/gbt/

https://science.nrao.edu/facilities/vlba

Dave Mitsky

Sic itur ad astra!

Chance favors the prepared mind.

A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.

  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by Harvey Marshall on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 1:24 PM
It is very sad to see funding dry up on telescopes and other space projects meanwhile most countries seem to have the money to build new warships, submarines, fighter aircraft, etc. or in Canada's case, Our country bought some old subs that don't work, well maybe they will sink once. I do hope that better days are ahead for all of us. Happy New Year 2014. Harvey Marshall

Join our Community!

Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

ADVERTISEMENT

FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER

Receive news, sky-event information, observing tips, and more from Astronomy's weekly email newsletter.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Find us on Facebook

Loading...