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 413/542-5054
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.
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.
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.