Star Viewing Zooms in on Summer Triangle

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A triangle of constellations that holds some of the finest open clusters in the night sky will be the starring attraction of this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Sept. 19, beginning after 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing to Be a Mission to Mars

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Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will zoom in on the planet Mars during a free, public viewing Friday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the Westmont website to see… [Continue Reading]

Observatory Opens for Total Lunar Eclipse

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The first total lunar eclipse in more than two years will be the focus of a free, public viewing on Monday, April 14, from 10:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Tuesday, April 15, at the Westmont Observatory. The special viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes… [Continue Reading]

Powerful Keck Telescope Zooms in on Jupiter

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Jupiter and the Great Orion Nebula will be the featured attractions of this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, March 21, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline… [Continue Reading]

Telescope to Zoom in on Great Red Spot

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Stargazers might enjoy views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Feb. 21, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. In case of inclement or overcast… [Continue Reading]

Observatory Welcomes Jupiter in January

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The gas giant Jupiter will be the star performer at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday, Jan. 17, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. In case of inclement or overcast… [Continue Reading]

Telescope Zooms in on December Skies

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Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope opens for a monthly viewing of the stars, Friday, Dec. 20. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit and begins after 6:30 p.m. and lasts several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or… [Continue Reading]

Viewing to Feature Celestial Double Double

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Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope will aim for the Double Double star system during a free, public viewing Friday, Nov. 15, beginning at about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the… [Continue Reading]

Talk Explores Mars, Curiosity Rover Laser

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Roger Wiens, principal investigator for the ChemCam Instrument, will talk about “Exploring Mars with the Curiosity Rover and its Laser” Friday, Oct. 4, at 4 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. The talk is free and open to the public. The Curiosity Rover carries the ChemCam instrument, which shoots… [Continue Reading]

Stargazers to View Smoke Ring Nebula

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Westmont’s powerful Keck telescope will feature glimpses of the Moon, Saturn and the Ring Nebula during a free, public viewing Friday, Aug. 16, beginning at about 8 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. The observatory opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose… [Continue Reading]