Loines Observatory

Loines Observatory

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59 Milk St., Nantucket, MA 02554 | (508) 257-1117, United States
Loines Observatory in Nantucket
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Nantucket has a long and storied connection to the stars. Because of its distance from the mainland and important contributions to astronomy, the town created ordinances against light pollution that maintain Nantucket's breathtaking skies. For many city-dwellers, the number of visible stars on the island is simply overwhelming. If the weather is clear, consider taking part in one of Maria Mitchell Association's public stargazing events on Friday nights.

During your visit to Loines Observatory, stargazers learn about Maria Mitchell, a Nantucket astronomer (who discovered a comet), librarian, and Vassar professor born on the island in 1818. Plus, volunteers can guide you through the constellations and point out planets, moons, and stars seen through their two telescopes.

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