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Project Grad Students Learn About Jupiter and Juno On First Day At Westmont: Westmont College Observatory offers view of planet being studied by NASA

On their first day at Westmont College, Project Grad students said the Keck Telescope helped them understand the Juno spacecraft’s arrival in Jupiter’s orbit on Independence Day. The Westmont Observatory’s Keck Telescope is a 24-inch F/8 Cassegrain reflecting instrument with Richey-Chretien optics. Visitors are able to climb a ladder and look at Jupiter during the early evening. They can’t see Juno, the spacecraft that launched in 2011 it isn’t big enough even though it is said to be the size of a basketball court. more

Free Westmont Observatory Viewing to Zoom in on Lunar Craters, Jupiter

Jupiter and several impact craters on the moon will be the focus of this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont College’s powerful Keck Telescope beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory.

The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. Jupiter and the moon will be fairly close to one another, high in the sky, in Leo Friday evening. more

Westmont Observatory to Marvel at Caroline’s Rose and Other Autumnal Star Clusters

Several globular clusters will be visible at a free public viewing of the stars Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont observatory. more

3 Planets, a Crescent Moon the Stars of Free Viewing at Westmont Observatory

Jupiter, Venus and a small crescent moon come into alignment this month, but it may be views of Saturn that steal the show at a free public viewing of the stars Friday, June 19 at the Westmont Observatory.

Jupiter and Venus and the moon form a skewed triangle that will be easily visible after sunset in the western sky. more

Jupiter the Focus of Free Viewing Friday at Westmont Observatory

Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is the subject of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. more

Westmont Observatory to Zoom In on Comet LovejoyWestmont Observatory to Zoom In on Comet Lovejoy

The Comet Lovejoy will tantalize stargazers at this month’s free public viewing of the stars with Westmont’s powerful Keck Telescope on Friday, Jan. 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory. more

Viewing at Westmont Observatory to Feature Celestial Heart, Owl and Christmas Tree

This month’s public viewing of the stars will feature astronomical glimpses of a heart, owl and a Christmas tree on Friday, Nov. 21, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting for several hours at the Westmont Observatory.

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 weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at 805.565.6272 and check the Westmont website to see if the viewing has been canceled. more

Your Westmont: Observatory Opens for Partial Solar Eclipse

The Westmont observatory opens for a partial solar eclipse on Thursday, October 23 from 2:15-5pm. At its peak, the moon will cover more than 30 percent of the sun at 3:30pm. The viewing is free and open to the public. more

Local college opens up observatory for eclipse viewing

The fourth and final eclipse of the year takes place this week.
On Thursday, October 23, most of North America will be able to see a partial solar eclipse. The new moon will hide part of the sun from view. The best views will be in the U.S. Northwest and northern Canada. This makes for two solar and two lunar eclipses this year.
If you’re interested in checking it out, Westmont College in Santa Barbara is opening up its observatory to the public for free. The observatory will be open from 2:15 until 5:00 p.m. The peak of the eclipse will be at about 3:30 p.m.Westmont College is located at 955 La Paz Road in Santa Barbara. The observatory is between Russell Carr Field and the track and field/soccer complex. Parking is free. more

Observatory Opens Early for Blood Moon

The second total lunar eclipse of the year will be the focus of a free, public viewing on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 2:30-4:30 a.m. at the Westmont Observatory.

The special viewing occurs in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for public use. more

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