Observatory Opens for Public Viewing

The Westmont Observatory

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will be available Friday, Oct. 20, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting several hours. The viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for public use. The Keck Telescope… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Celebrates 80th at Homecoming

Westmont celebrates its 80th anniversary by hosting a variety of events at Homecoming 2017, Oct. 13-Oct. 15, including Westmont’s 80th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort, 633 E Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara. The special festivities begin in the outside rotunda and move inside the grand ballroom… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing to Zoom in on Saturn

The Westmont Observatory is nestled in the hill above Thorrington Field

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will aim for the rings of Saturn and several globular clusters during a free, public viewing Friday, Sept. 15, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. Though Saturn will only be 30 degrees above the southern horizon, viewing will be aided… [Continue Reading]

Westmont in Top 100 for Ninth Straight Year

Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges in U.S. News & World Report for the ninth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2018 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 96 among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100: Pomona (T-6th), Claremont… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing Zooms in on Rings of Saturn

The ringed-planet Saturn will be the focus of this month’s free, public viewing Friday, Aug. 18, beginning about 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. This summer has featured some of the best views of Saturn’s rings in nearly 15 years. Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien… [Continue Reading]

July Features Flash of Saturn’s Rings

The Westmont Observatory, home of the powerful Keck Telescope

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will focus on Saturn and several astronomical objects Friday, July 21, beginning at 8:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. This summer has featured some of the best views of Saturn’s rings in nearly 15 years. The rings, a collection… [Continue Reading]

Jupiter Jumps into June Viewing

Jupiter rises into view during the monthly public viewing of the starts on Friday, June 16, beginning about 8 p.m. and lasting for several hours at the Westmont Observatory. This may be the final chance to see the planet with the college’s eight-inch refracting telescope during this summer’s viewings in Montecito. “It should still be… [Continue Reading]

Stargazers to Glimpse Open Clusters

The Westmont Observatory is open to the public every third Friday of the month

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will focus on several open clusters that will be at the zenith Friday, March 17, beginning at 7 p.m. and lasting several hours. Among these grouping of stars will be M35 near the ankles of Gemini, the Twins.  “This… [Continue Reading]

Clouds May Dampen Friday’s Star Party

Westmont Observatory

Depending on the weather, the Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, may be available Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. However, rain showers are expected that evening, which would force the cancellation of the viewing. The viewing at Westmont occurs in… [Continue Reading]

Star Party to Feature Wild Duck Cluster

The Westmont Observatory

Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will take advantage of a late rising waning moon to zoom in on several distant globular clusters at this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, Oct. 21, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The moon won’t rise until after 11 p.m., allowing Thomas… [Continue Reading]