Mars Viewing At Amherst College Observatory September 6

September 3, 2003Director of Media Relations413/542-8417

Astronomy Images


Astronomy Software

Programs for Astronomy 12: The Unseen Universe The first program displays satellites in orbit about planets in our solar system. You can click on one of the menus to display the moons either in high-resolution (a close view) or low-resolution (a more distant view), for all the planets which have moons. The text window displays the data on where the orbit began, and the names of all the satellites. If you click on a Moon, the name, time, and position will be displayed. You can stop the simulation to make it easier to select a particular moon.


Astronomy was the first science, and it remains today one of the most exciting and active fields of scientific research. Opportunities exist to pursue studies both at the non-technical and advanced levels.

Introductory courses are internal to Amherst College: advanced courses are offered under the aegis of the Five-College Astronomy Department, a collaboration between Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts. For more information, click here: