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Westmont Observatory to Open for Total Lunar Eclipse

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. 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 to Westmont for public use. more

Westmont Observatory to Zoom In on Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Stargazers might enjoy views of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont College Observatory, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday and lasting several hours. more

See Jupiter’s red spot at Westmont Observatory

Santa Barbara – Stargazers hoping to catch a glimpse of Jupiter’s red spot have at chance at a public viewing at Westmont College’s observatory at 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

The event is free and will last for several hours.

“Jupiter will be near the top of the sky during the early hours of the public viewing, so we should get some clear and steady views of the planet and maybe the ancient storm,” said Dr. Thomas Whittemore, physics professor at Westmont. more

Jupiter to Be the Star of Friday Viewing at Westmont Observatory

The gas giant Jupiter will be the star performer at this month’s public viewing at the Westmont Observatory on Friday beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. more

Viewing at Westmont Observatory to Feature Celestial Double Double

Westmont College’s powerful Keck Telescope will aim for the Double Double star system during a free, public viewing this Friday beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. more

Viewing at Westmont Observatory to Feature Celestial Double Double

Westmont College’s powerful Keck Telescope will aim for the Double Double star system during a free, public viewing this Friday beginning about 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours. more

Westmont’s Keck Telescope to Zoom In on Globular Clusters: Free, public stargazing event will be offered Friday in the college’s observatory

The Great Hercules Globular Cluster, Messier 13, will dazzle viewers at a free, public stargazing event on Friday with the powerful Keck Telescope. The sun will not set until after 8 p.m., making the best viewing after 9 p.m.The Westmont College observatory will open its doors to the public every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes to Westmont for the public to gaze through. more

Westmont Observatory’s Star Party Draws a Crowd Looking for Space

On Friday night, the Westmont Observatory opened to the public and a steady stream of people patiently waited to view the skies through the Keck Telescope inside! more

Westmont observatory open Friday

Anyone can have a shot at glimpsing the center of the Milky Way galaxy through the Keck Telescope on Friday night when Westmont College opens its observatory to the public free of charge. Kicking off at 8 p.m., the viewing is expected to last several hours. The Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit also is hosting the event. The moon will not rise until after 10:30 p.m., so the view will be clear for spectators, said Thomas Whittemore, a Westmont physics instructor. more

Super Scope: Westmont College Observatory’s Keck Telescope

One of the most powerful stargazing tools on California’s Central Coast hides in the hills of Montecito, and you are invited to come check it out. This is the Westmont College Observatory’s 24-inch Keck Telescope, which is already credited with confirming the existence of one supernova and is used by students to research meteorite trajectories, variable stars, and other phenomena. Every third Friday of the month at 7:30 p.m., dozens of amateur astronomers and just curious onlookers converge on the Keck to peer into deep space during an open-to-the-public Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit event. See westmont.edu/observatory or call the telescope hotline at 565-6272. more

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