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]

Homecoming to Honor Outstanding Alumni

Westmont will honor the late William S. “Bill” Klug ’98 and Angie Hill ’90 as Alumnus and Alumna of the Year during Homecoming 2016 Oct. 14-16. Jeff Dykstra ’92, co-founder and CEO of Partners in Food Solutions, will receive the Global Service Award, and Matt Blickendorf ’08, an emergency physician in Indianapolis, has earned the… [Continue Reading]

Mars, Saturn, Full Moon at Public Viewing

Westmont Observatory overlooking Carr Field

Saturn and Mars, hanging low on the southern sky, will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, Sept. 16, beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, will zoom… [Continue Reading]

Summertime Stargazing at the ‘Mont

The top deck of the Westmont Observatory

Mars and Saturn will be the star attractions at a free, public viewing of the stars on Friday, Aug. 19, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, one of the most powerful on California’s Central Coast, will zoom in on the planets, which… [Continue Reading]

Public Viewing Features Jupiter, Mars

The Westmont Observatory between the baseball field and track

Jupiter and Mars will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, June 17, beginning about 8:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. Despite a near-full moon, Westmont’s Keck Telescope, a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Ritchey-Chretien optics, will zoom in on Jupiter, which will be… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Features Jupiter, Mars, Moon

Westmont Observatory

Jupiter, Mars and the moon will be on the celestial menu at the public viewing of the stars on Friday, May 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours 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… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Zooms in on Lunar Craters, Jupiter

Westmont Observatory

Jupiter and several impact craters on the moon will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, April 15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. Jupiter and the moon… [Continue Reading]

Jupiter Jumps into Viewing of March Sky

Jupiter returns to the night sky for stargazers at this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, March 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. “At long last Jupiter will be high in the sky during viewing time,” says Tom Whittemore, Westmont… [Continue Reading]