The planetarium facility is closed from Mid July through the end of August due to the impact of summer heat and the need for annual maintenance. The facility is not climate controlled. The lack of air conditioning during the summer negatively impacts the function of our vintage 1959 equipment. We look forward to reopening fully in the Fall.
Please remember our Observatory on Snell street is open on Saturday Evenings after 9PM during the summer months. Please see description below.
For more than fifty years the Bassett Planetarium located in Morgan Hall has served community/educational organizations and school groups in the region with programs on the night sky. The facility is equipped with an original Spitz A3p optical projector and seats for 60 people under a 9.1 meter dome. The Bassett Planetarium presentations are geared to help visitors develop an understanding of the apparent motions of the heavens, in particular the apparent motions of the sun and circumpolar constellations in addition to celestial navigation and finding north. Seasonal skies, mechanics and structure of the solar system and the universe can be explored as well.
The Bassett Planetarium is open free to Community Educational groups of 10 or more. Planetarium programs are available between the hours of 9AM and 4PM Monday - Friday by appointment only. "To Schedule a Group Visit click here". Please note that the building is NOT handicap accessible, nor are there adequate restrooms for groups. If you have any questions please contact Alfred Venne Planetarium Director.
The Wilder Observatory on Snell Street is free and open to all, starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday from April through October. Depending on what is in the sky at the time, vistors may see the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope. Students, faculty, staff, community members, family and friends are welcome. Weekend programs are provided in partnership with the Astronomy Association
Tom Whitney 413-256-6234