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

    Fall 2021 Open Nights at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association’s Loines Observatory
    Nantucket, MA – The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) is hosting Fall Open Nights at Loines Observatory. The schedule will be as follows:
     
    Friday, October 8th, 7-8:30PM
    Saturday, October 9th, 7-8:30PM
     
    Thursday, November 4th, 7-8:30PM
    Friday, November 5th 7-8:30PM
     
    Wednesday, December 8th, 6-7:30PM
    Thursday, December 9th, 6-7:30PM
     
    Visitors to Open Nights will 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 to get astronomy questions answered!
     
    Programs take place at 59 Milk Street Extension and are weather permitting. No reservations are required; tickets will be available at the door. Open Nights are $10 for Non-Members and free for Members. 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.
    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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