Alumni/Reunion Weekend 2016

Friday May 27 (1:00 - 1:50PM)

Planetarium Program – “We are part of this Universe”  For over 55 years the Bassett Planetarium has served the college well. This tool has helped countless individuals better understand their place in the universe. Join Alfred Venne Planetarium Director as he uses the vintage Spitz A3P Starball to help re-create the night sky over Amherst. In addition, using a classic Orrery, participants will examine the plane of the solar system, the tilt of the Earth, day/night and seasons. The one takeaway from your planetarium visit may be best said by Neil deGrasse Tyson “We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us.”
Morgan Hall – Bassett Planetarium


Morgan Hall Home of Bassett Planetarium

For more than fifty years, Bassett Planetarium, located in Morgan Hall, has provided programs about the night sky to Amherst and Five College classes, and to regional community organizations and school groups. The facility is equipped with an original Spitz A3p optical projector and seats for 60 people under a 9.1 meter dome. Planetarium presentations explore the apparent motions of the sun and circumpolar constellations, celestial navigation, seasonal skies, and the mechanics and structure of the solar system and the universe.

Bassett Planetarium is open free of charge to educational groups of 10 or more by appointment only. Please note that the building is not wheelchair accessible, nor are there adequate restrooms for groups.

Questions? Contact Alfred Venne, Planetarium Director.