Special Events: Family Weekend 2016

Planetarium Program: “We are part of this Universe”
Saturday October 29, 11 - 11:50AM
Morgan Hall, Bassett Planetarium

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.” 

Saturday, October 29, 9 p.m.
Night at the Observatory
Wilder Observatory, Snell Street

The Astronomy Association, 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).

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.

Bassett Planetarium is open September-June, 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.

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