Visiting Lick Observatory

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A Brief Account of the Lick Observatory
1894



THE LICK OBSERVATORY. 19

allow freer access to the Lick Observatory than is allowed to any other observatory in the world) that all interested may be able to arrange their visits in conformity to them; and that the remaining hours of the week will he kept entirely uninterrupted in order that the astronomers may do the work upon which the reputation and the good name of the Observatory entirely depends.

NUMBER OF VISITORS.

Visitors admitted for the year ending June 1, 1889..... 6,400
Visitors admitted for the year ending June 1, 1890..... 5,132
Visitors admitted for the year ending June 1, 1891..... 5,005
Visitors admitted for the year ending June 1, 1892..... 5,959
Visitors admitted for the year ending June 1, 1893..... 5,472
Visitors admitted for the year ending June 1, 1894..... 5,747

Visitors admitted since June 1, 1888.....33,715

Those visitors who come in the day time are personally con- ducted through the various buildings at 1:30 P.M. and the uses of the instruments are explained to them. On Saturday nights the number of visitors ranges from 30 to 300. Each person is shown the most interesting celestial objects through the 36-inch and the 12-inch equatorials. The whole force of the Observatory is on duty at such times and no pains are spared to make these visits profitable and interesting. The senior classes in astronomy in the University of California and in various other Californian colleges come to the Observatory on evenings specially set apart for them. Lectures are given by the astronomers at different places and times. All specially interesting observations and discoveries are described in the magazines or the daily press. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, which numbers more than five hundred members, holds its summer meetings at Mount Hamilton.

In these and other ways the Observatory is made directly useful to the public of California, and it cannot fail to have an important part in the intellectual advancement of the whole country.


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