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SANTA BARBARA STAR PARTIES

Summer is the prime time for a Santa Barbara star party. The nights are usually cool and pleasant, and the skies are often clear and steady. The friendly amateur astronomers of the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit hold numerous public events where you can indulge your need for a deeper look into the Universe. Unless otherwise noted, all of these events are free. … On the third Friday of every month, it’s time for the Public Telescope Night at the Keck Observatory, at the Westmont College campus, next to the baseball field. more

View Jupiter Rising Tonight

The observatory at Westmont College hosts the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit’s possible final summer viewing of Jupiter rising in the evening sky Friday, June 16. The telescope is made available every third Friday of the month, and tonight’s sky views — starting at 8 p.m. — should include a glimpse of the Cassini Division that separates the rings of Saturn. The planet is currently heavily tilted in its alignment with Earth. more

Jupiter Jumps Into View on June 16

Jupiter rises into view during the monthly public viewing of the stars on starting about 8 p.m. Friday, June 16, and lasting for several hours at the Westmont Observatory. more

Westmont Obersvatory to Turn Telescope to Jupiter, Mars for Public Viewing

Jupiter and Mars will be the focus of June’s free public viewing of the stars at theWestmont Observatory beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 17.

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 about 40 degrees above the horizon. more

Dennis Mammana: Saturn Is Lord of the Rings

It is often said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. So, if I were to ask which is the most beautiful of all the planets, I would expect a variety of answers. …Click here for more information about the Gladwin Planetarium at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, or click here for information about the Westmont College Observatory in Montecito. more

Public viewing of Jupiter scheduled

The Westmont College observatory will hold a free public viewing of Jupiter on Friday.

Visitors will be able to see Jupiter and several impact craters on the moon through telescopes provided by the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit beginning at 7:30 p.m. and lasting several hours, said Scott Craig, college spokesman. more

Gaze at Pulsating Variable Star and Quarter Moon at Westmont Third Friday Event

A first-quarter moon and a pulsating variable star will be featured at this month’s free public viewing Friday, Aug. 21, beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting several hours at the Westmont Observatory.

The moon will be about seven days old and there should be a number of craters to examine on its surface. more

Perseids Peak Takes Center Stage In Night Sky

Westmont College in Montecito is known for having an observatory, but you don’t need a giant telescope to watch the Perseid meteor shower also known as the Perseids meteors.

Dr. Ken Kihlstrom said, “The Perseid Meteor shower is going through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. It gives you a chance to see a shooting star once a minute or two. The best way to see it is to lay back in a lawn chair and look up at the sky.” more

Perseids Peak Takes Center Stage In Night Sky

Westmont College in Montecito is known for having an observatory, but you don’t need a giant telescope to watch the Perseid meteor shower also known as the Perseids meteors. Dr. Ken Kihlstrom said, “The Perseid Meteor shower is going through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. It gives you a chance to see a shooting star once a minute or two. The best way to see it is to lay back in a lawn chair and look up at the sky.” more

Saturn to Shine at Star Party

Saturn, the ringed gas giant, whill be one of the celestial targets of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, May 15, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Westmont Observatory. more

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