November 14, 2014

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
E-Comet Newsletter


Science Library Conservation is Underway!  
Pillow anchors and other structural improvements are being made to the several parts of the building.

The outside of the building also has freshly painted trim, windows, and sash and the exterior stucco walls will be entirely repainted by Spring.  

For more details, click here, and stay tuned to future eComets for updated images!

The First Comet Landing

 The Maria Mitchell Association watched as
Philae lands on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,
310 million miles away. Did you?

Read more about the long journey here.

The National Women's History Museum  
& Maria Mitchell 

Congratulations, Katherine Johnson!

The National Women's History Museum will be honoring Katherine Johnson, a NASA Mathematician,
in the name of Maria Mitchell!

To read more, click here.

Nantucket Nights: 
What do You and Wine have in Common? 
Director of Astronomy Dr. Michael West discusses the answer in this week's Inquirer & Mirror. Read an excerpt here or subscribe 
to the Inquirer & Mirror for the full article.

Have you seen the Year-End Appeal Letter? 
The Maria Mitchell Association
and its programs, activities, & research
would not be possible without donations like yours.

Please help us make 2015 an amazing year 
 with your Year-End, tax-deductible gift!

For more information, click here.  

Natural History Collection   
Interested in Knowing What is in Our Specimen Collections?

The Maria Mitchell Biological Collections are now online!
Click here to see more. 

Native Tree Program 
Every 5th grade student on Nantucket received a native tree seedling and studied tree morphology!   

The program is co-sponsored by The Nantucket Rotary Club & The Maria Mitchell Association. Read more here.   

MMA Goes to NASA  
The Maria Mitchell Association's Director of Astronomy Dr. Michael West will be one of a select few chosen to attend the first test launch of NASA's new Orion spacecraft!
Dr. Michael West will be tweeting live from the event (@ACKstronomy) and writing about the experience. Stay tuned!

Want to See a Good Show? Look up.

When: November 17 & 18 
Where: Your Backyard
The Leonids Meteor Shower occurs every November as Earth passes through dust left behind by Comet Tempel-Tuttle. The best time to look is after midnight. 



When: November 22

The Maria Mitchell Association teams up with
Nantucket Hawking and Falconry
for an afternoon all about raptors!

See a live falcon up-close, hear about licensed Master Falconer Tom Muholland's experiences working with raptors, and then observe the hunt first hand.

Appropriate for ages 9 and up. Max. 20 participants.
Don't miss this opportunity! See more here.

For more photos by George Riethof, click here.

Fall Afterschool Discovery Program
Registration is Now OPEN! 

Experience MMA's popular discovery camp during 
 these afterschool, science-based adventures.

November 17 - Sesachacha Pond   

November 24 - State Forest  

December 1 - Sanford Farm

December 8 - Siasconset   

December 15 - Masquetuck  


Camp will run from 2:20pm - 5:00pm

Dates for the program are every Monday  

from November 10 to December 15 

Appropriate for ages 8-11     


see more at: 


Winter Discovery Camp Program
Register Now!

Earth & Sky

Join us for MMA's first winter camp during school vacation!  

Build rockets, race robots, travel to different  

island ecosystems, and much more!


Monday, December 22: Science of Flight

Tuesday, December 23: Earth Biomes - make a life sphere

 Monday, December 29: Robots and Space Exploration

Tuesday, December 30: Deep Ocean Exploration  

& Hydrothermal Vents

 Wednesday, December 31: Moons, Craters, and Constellations


Camp will run from 8:50 am - 1 pm each day.

Dates for this program are December 22, 23, 29, 30, and 31.

 Appropriate for ages 7-11

Turtles and Tots

Get up close to our reptilian friends!

When: November 19, December 10 & 17
Where: Hinchman House
Pre-registration required.

Program will run from 9:30am - 10:00am
Appropriate for ages 2-5

When was the last time you took a moment to look up at Nantucket's skies at night?

When was the last time you admired the Milky Way
from our sandy little island?

Stargazing Night at Loines Observatory

Where: 59 Milk Street Extension
When: November 14, 28, December 12
Time: 7:30-9:00 pm

Free, Donations Encouraged

From your friends here at  
the Maria Mitchell Association, 
we would like to wish you a very
~ Happy Thanksgiving ~ 

Without your support, this wonderful organization would not be possible!

Connect with us:


Maria Mitchell's Attic
A blog about Maria Mitchell, the Mitchells, and the Mitchell House

Also follow our Astronomy news and tweets from @ACKstronomy.

 4 Vestal Street
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-9198
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Do you have something we could use?  


Here are a few things we could use for our education programs: 


 Fishing Poles & Gear


Digital Cameras for Student Use


Masks & Snorkels


Construction Paper


GoPro Camera


Please call our Administrative Office at 508-228-9198 if you are interested in donating!  


Board and Staff


John L. Daniels, President
Deb Manus, First Vice President
Helene M. Weld, Second Vice President
Michael Nelson, Treasurer
Patricia L.R. Brennan, Ph.D., Clerk
Howard Blitman
Patty Gibian 
Judy MacLeod
Malcolm MacNab, M.D., Ph.D. 
Toni McKerrow

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M  

Eileen Rudden
Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III
John Hartner
Katherine Rhode



Administration (508)228-9198
John L. Daniels, Interim Executive Director
George Donnelly, Director of Development & Communications
Joan Alison Stockman, Financial Administrator

Sarah Erichsen, Administrative Assistant
Astronomy (508)228-9723
Michael West, Director of Astronomy, Ph.D.
Vladimir Strelnitski, Maria Mitchell Observatory's Director Emeritus, Ph.D.
Gary Walker, Astronomer and Telescope Engineer

Mitchell House & Archives and Special Collections (508)228-2896
Jascin Leonardo Finger, Curator of the Mitchell House
Natural Science (508)228-9198
Andrew Mckenna-Foster, Director of Natural Science
Education (508)228-9198
Kim Botelho, Director of Education 
 Robert Kennedy, Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D.
Edith F. Andrews,Ornithologist Emeritus
Peter Boyce,  Research Associate, Ph.D.
Valerie A. Hall, Research Associate, Ph.D. 

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