Museum of Natural History

The college’s Museum of Natural History and its renowned collection of dinosaur tracks were the subject of stories in the Valley Advocate; Education coordinator Steve Sauter spoke of his favorite items and the late Edward Hitchcock was profiled in great detail.

The Valley Advocate: Steve Sauter's Keys to the Cosmos

Bassett Planetarium director Steve Sauter was featured in a lengthy story in the Valley Advocate newspaper.

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman

Amherst College’s Wilder Observatory and Bassett Planetarium to Unveil Two Mural-Sized Images of the Spiral Galaxy Messier 101 Feb. 15

February 5, 2009     
Contact: Steve Sauter
Director of the Bassett Planetarium

AMHERST, Mass.—Witness a special event on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at Amherst College’s Wilder Observatory on Snell Street in Amherst when two new mural-sized images taken by NASA’s Great Observatories—the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory—will be unveiled to the public.

Wilder Observatory

Wilder Observatory, built in 1903, holds what was once one of the largest telescopes in the world. With an 18-inch front element, it remains one of the largest refracting telescopes in existence. Museum Education Coordinator and Director of the Bassett Planetarium Steve Sauter welcomes us to the little-known building on Snell Street.

Bassett Planetarium

The history of Bassett Planetarium, built inside of Morgan Hall, Amherst's first library, is a story of the Cold War, the Space Race and the generosity of Preston Rogers Bassett '13. The planetarium's director, Steve Sauter, tells the story below.