Bassett Planetarium

Commencement and Reunion/Alumni Weekends

 Saturdays May 23 & 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


Morgan Hall Home of Bassett Planetarium


For more than fifty years the Bassett Planetarium has served community/educational organizations and school groups in the valley 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 primarily concerned with helping individuals develop an understanding of the apparent motions of the heavens in particular the apparent motions of the sun and circumpolar constellations in addition 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. Planetarium programs are available between the hours of 9AM and 4PM Monday - Friday at no charge to community/educational organizations of 10 or more 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. See (if they're in the sky at the time) 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)

Watch a video about the Wilder Observatory

Additional Info


Contact Info

Tom Whitney 413-256-6234