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How can you support Astronomy?

We invite you to explore the ways you can make a meaningful investment in our mission of creating knowledge, education leaders, and serving society.  Your investment in our continued success helps advance our mission of educating, researching and achieving new heights in the study of Astronomy. To make your gift please click on one of the “Support Fund” buttons below.

The Student Observatory Fund

The Student Observatory fund assists with the purchase and maintenance of the latest instrumentation and teaching observatories managed by the Astronomy Department. The fund also provides support for the department’s upper-division undergraduate laboratory course – the capstone experience for all astronomy majors.

Student Observatory Fund


Astronomy Graduate Student Support Fund

This fund supports Astronomy graduate students in their teaching and research activities. Donations will be used for such expenses as travel, observation fees, charges related to student research papers, and research equipment.

Astronomy Graduate Student


Friends of Astronomy Fund

Berkeley Astronomy is home to world-renowned scientists and researchers and is universally regarded as one of the top astronomy departments in the world. Our talented faculty and students are engaged in research, innovation, and instruction at the forefront of many fields including theoretical and observational astrophysics; infrared, optical, and radio astronomy; galactic structure and dynamics of stellar systems; high-energy astrophysics and cosmology; and spectroscopy.

Friends of Astronomy Fund


Friends of Lick Observatory Fund

Situated atop Mt. Hamilton, Calif., Lick Observatory serves astronomers from eight UC campuses, as well as Lawrence Berkeley Lab and Lawrence Livermore Lab. Gifts to this fund support the science operations, instrument development, student training, and public outreach efforts at Lick Observatory. As an active research facility and a Bay Area icon, Lick is an incredible place for our astronomers to study the cosmos.

Friends of Lick Observatory Fund


Thank you for your support!

Your Gift Will:

Enhance courses and educational programs

Create student research opportunities

Fund outreach events and projects


Support department development