Bassett Planetarium

 Reunion/Alumni Weekends

 Saturday May 30  9 – 10 p.m.

Night at the Observatory: The Amherst Area Amateur Astronomers Association (5As), in collaboration with Amherst College Science Outreach, invite you to come observe the night sky through telescopes and binoculars while they guide you and teach you some astronomy as well. Tom Whitney of the Astronomy Association will be present to operate Amherst College’s own 19-inch Clark refractor telescope. This event is open to all, but it will be cancelled if the weather is uncooperative (Cloudy). 
Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

Bassett Planetarium Located in Morgan Hall & Wilder Observatory on Snell Street


Morgan Hall Home of Bassett Planetarium


For more than fifty years the Bassett Planetarium 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 helping 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.

Astronomy Simulations and Animations


 Wilder front door

Wilder Observatory

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

Additional Info


Contact Info

Tom Whitney 413-256-6234