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.