The University of California Observatories (UCO) is a multi-campus research unit. We operate the Lick Observatory, the technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA, and we are a managing partner of the Keck Observatory in Hawaii. We are the center for the UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) project.

Since the earliest days of astronomy, since the time of Galileo, astronomers have shared a single goal — to see more, see farther, see deeper.

The Hubble Space Telescope’s launch in 1990 sped humanity to one of its greatest advances in that journey. Hubble is a telescope that orbits Earth. Its position above the atmosphere, which distorts and blocks the light that reaches our planet, gives it a view of the universe that typically far surpasses that of ground-based telescopes.

Hubble is one of NASA’s most successful and long-lasting science missions. It has beamed hundreds of thousands of images back to Earth, shedding light on many of the great mysteries of astronomy. Its gaze has helped determine the age of the universe, the identity of quasars, and the existence of dark energy.

Go Astronomy is your amateur astronomy guide… from apo telescopes to zodiac constellations.
Find your inner astronomer!

This site is maintained by Blue Moose Webworks, Inc. The goal is to provide you with useful information on amateur astronomy, including night-sky viewing and the selection and purchase of astronomy-related equipment such as telescopes, binoculars, software and accessories.

“When we can once again see all we experience with the eyes of a child … and be filled with wonderment each moment … will we truly become the Master we seek …” – CJ

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