Wilder Observatory

ADMITTANCE RESTRICTED

Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and our efforts to keep our community as safe as possible, all Amherst College buildings are closed to visitors until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we are able.

Some excellent K-12 resources while the Observatory is closed.

"Out of this World" by WorldBook

This unique series is a collaboration between World Book and NASA’s Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. Scientists tell how they grew from students to inventors and now tackle some of NASA’s biggest challenges. Useful for STEM/STEAM instruction and independent reading.

Educational Resources from WGBH PBS Learning

WGBH in collaboration with NASA presents digital media resources you can use to teach topics in K–12 Earth and Space Science. These free resources are organized into four grade bands. Each resource emphasizes engaging students in phenomena related to core ideas and science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Located on Snell Street in Amherst, MA, Wilder Observatory is an astronomical observatory equipped with an 18-inch refracting telescope.

The observatory is free and open to all starting at 9 p.m. every clear Saturday, April–October, closed November - March

Depending on what is visible in the sky at the time, visitors may see the moon, planets, asteroids, comets, multiple stars, star clusters, nebulae, galaxies and more through the large, world-class refractor telescope.

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