The giant, gaseous planet Jupiter will be the focus of attention for stargazers at a free public viewing with the powerful Keck Telescope on the Montecito campus of Westmont College starting about 7 p.m. today.

Westmont physics instructor Thomas Whittemore says Jupiter will be high in the sky with its Great Red Spot in view, and “if conditions are good, we may be able to get a glimpse of this cloud storm on Jupiter’s surface,” he added.

The viewing, which lasts several hours, is part of a series in which the observatory opens its doors to the public on the third Friday of each month in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Astronomical Unit, whose members bring their own telescopes for the public to use.

In case of questionable weather, call the telescope viewing hotline at 565-6272 or check the Westmont website, www.westmont.edu, to see if the viewing has been canceled.

Westmont College is at 955 La Paz Road in Montecito.

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