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  • Open Nights at MMA Loines Observatory to Return Next Week!

    Join our professional astronomers for an impressive tour of Nantucket’s night sky. Our staff will lead constellation tours and guide you in viewing astronomical objects through our historic 8-inch Alvan Clark refractor and our modern 24-inch research telescope. Get a chance to view the Moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and even other galaxies! Learn about the cutting-edge research being conducted by Maria Mitchell Observatory astronomers and interns and get all your astronomy questions answered! Offered every Monday and Wednesday with two sessions each night: Session one is 9pm to 9:45 pm, Session two is 9:45pm to 10:30pm.
    New this year, pre-registration online is required. Tickets for adults cost $20, children ages three to sixteen cost $12, and under two get in free. This program is also FREE with an unexpired Property Pass purchased from another MMA facility (pass must be presented upon entry) and FREE for MMA Members. Programs take place at 59 Milk Street Extension. In the case of inclement weather, programs will be cancelled. If in doubt about the weather, please visit our website after 4pm on the day of the event. A pop-up will appear on the main page with an update on any weather-related cancellations. The Maria Mitchell Association’s Open Night program is designed to be interesting for all ages and provides the perfect opportunity for a unique Nantucket experience and a chance to learn from our professional astronomers.
    The Maria Mitchell Association is a private non-profit organization. Founded in 1902, the MMA works to preserve the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist, librarian, and educator, Maria Mitchell. The Maria Mitchell Association operates two observatories, a natural science museum, an aquarium, a research center, and preserves the historic birthplace of Maria Mitchell. A wide variety of science and history-related programming is offered throughout the year for people of all ages


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