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Google Donates $1 Million to Lick Observatory

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    Google Donates $1 Million to Lick Observatory
    Mike Anderson
    The Shane telescope at James Lick Observatory overlooks Silicon Valley.

    Google has donated $1 million to a 125-year-old research observatory located east of San Jose.

    The Mercury News reported Monday that the gift will pay day-to-day operating expenses of the historic Lick Observatory atop Mount Hamilton.

    Some of the money will be used to hire another operator for the Shane three-meter telescope, which periodically closes due to staff shortages.

    Google's donation represents about one-quarter of the observatory's annual budget, augmenting the $1.5 million the University of California gives each year.

    Lick was established in 1888 and is used by astronomers and students to conduct research and test next-generation technologies.

    Its astronomers have discovered asteroids, moons of Jupiter and planets outside our solar system.

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