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

Green Observatory

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]

Viewing Turns Toward the Crescent Moon

Westmont Observatory

The Westmont Observatory, which opens its doors to the public every third Friday of the month, will zoom in on the crescent moon Friday, Jan. 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. The free viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for… [Continue Reading]

Viewing of Stars Features Caroline’s Rose

The Westmont Observatory

Several globular clusters will be visible at a free public viewing of the stars Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565­-6272 and check the Westmont website to see if the viewing… [Continue Reading]

Talk to Probe Islamic History of Rebellion

Dr. Heather Keaney

Heather Keaney, associate professor of history at Westmont, applies her training in medieval history to examine the contemporary Middle East in a lecture, “Tyrants, Terrorists and Tropes in Islamic History,” Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture is free and open… [Continue Reading]

Viewing Features Rare Supermoon Eclipse

Photo by Johannes Schedler at the Panther Observatory

The Westmont Observatory will host an informal gathering to view the lunar eclipse on Sunday, Sept. 27, beginning at 6:30 p.m. However, the blood moon will be too low in the evening sky to use Westmont’s telescopes. Tom Whittemore, Westmont physics instructor, says he and several members of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit (SBAU) will… [Continue Reading]