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  • Summer 2021 Open Nights at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association’s Loines Observatory

    The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association’s (MMA) Loines Observatory is opening for its signature Open Nights programs on June 14, 2021 and will run through August 30, 2021.  
    Visitors to the Observatory can join the MMA’s professional astronomers for an impressive tour of Nantucket’s night sky. The MMA staff will lead constellation tours and guide visitors through different viewing stations outside the observatory domes. Visitors can take a peek at the MMA’s historic 8-inch Alvan Clark refractor and the modern 24-inch research telescope and then admire the telescope’s live views projected on large screens outdoors. Visitors will get a chance to view the Moon, planets, star clusters, nebulae, and even other galaxies! Open Nights at Loines Observatory are a great opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge research conducted by Maria Mitchell Observatory astronomers and interns and to get astronomy questions answered!
    Open Nights are $10 for Non-Members and free for Members. Loines Observatory is located at 59 Milk Street Extension and will be open on Monday and Wednesday nights from 9:00 pm -10:30 pm, weather dependent. For updates on weather cancellations, please call (508) 228-9273 or visit www.mariamitchell.org/open-nights.
    As of this time, masks are required for all in-person MMA programming and site visits. Open Nights will have limited capacity this year to keep everyone outside and socially distanced.  

    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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