Named after donor Preston R. Bassett, who was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). While serving on the NACA, it was renamed to NASA, making Bassett a charter member.
For more than fifty years Bassett Planetarium, located in Morgan Hall, has provided programs on the night sky to Amherst and Five College classes and groups and to regional community organizations and school groups. Discover your place in the universe. The facility is equipped with an original Spitz A3p optical projector and seats for 60 people under a 9.1 meter dome. 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 and the mechanics and structure of the solar system and the universe can be explored as well.
Bassett Planetarium is open without charge to educational groups of 10 or more during the academic year between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., 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.
For questions please contact Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director.