Community Events

Amherst Area Astronomers Association
The Association has bi-monthly meetings, weekly viewing trips to local observatories, astronomy classes every other week, and many other events that the public can attend in both the Amherst/Northampton area.

Orchard Hill Observatory
Located at the highest point on the UMass campus, this observatory boasts a 16-inch telescope. The Observatory is used to teach observational astronomy, and is also open to the public every Thursday night.

Students climbing on the Sunwheel Stones, October 2007

The Sunwheel
Organized by UMass Astronomy Professor Judith Young, the Sunwheel is similar to Stonehenge in design and functionality. The sun rises and sets on each equinox and solstice at the positions of the stones in the circle. Moonstones marking the northern and southernmost extremes of the rising and setting of the moon have also been put in place. Public events are held every solstice and equinox at the Sunwheel, located on the southwest side of the UMass campus.