Keck Telescope to Miss Friday Star Party

The Westmont Observatory

The powerful Keck Telescope remains under repair, but the public viewing of the stars will continue Friday, June 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Smaller telescopes will be provided by Westmont and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The Westmont Observatory opens its doors to the public… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope Goes Dark at Public Viewing

The powerful Keck Telescope continues to under repair and non-functioning, but the public viewing of the stars will continue Friday, May 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Smaller telescopes will be provided by Westmont and members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit. The Westmont Observatory opens its doors… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Magazine to Arrive in Mailboxes

Look for the spring 2018 Westmont magazine, which has been printed and is being mailed out in the coming days. Our magazine cover and feature story “Stronger Together” reflect the campaign of the same name for recovery efforts by Santa Barbara and Montecito after the devastating debris flow in January. In April, NBC’s “Dateline” segment… [Continue Reading]

Keck Telescope Suffers Computer Problem

The computer that runs Westmont’s Keck Telescope has been experiencing intermittent problems and may be unavailable for the public viewing Friday, Feb. 16. Members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit will bring their own telescopes to the observatory for public use beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The observatory is between Russell Carr… [Continue Reading]

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]