The Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket's Science Center 
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Astronomy Night at the White House
Did you happen to hear our Executive Director, David Gagnon, being interviewed Wednesday on wACK radio?  The Maria Mitchell Association was invited to attend the White House, "Astronomy Night" held on Monday, October 19, 2015 in Washington, DC.  David has declared it an event that Maria Mitchell herself would be extremely proud of.
The event brought together scientists, engineers, and visionaries from astronomy and the space industry to share their experiences with students and teachers for an evening of stargazing from the South Lawn.
Read more about David Gagnon's experience at this unique event.     
Listen to David's interview on wACK FM and see event photographs.

Upcoming Programs
October 28th is "Halloween Under the Sea!"  This is part of our fall program -- "Carnivorous Critters and Crafts".  Meet an animal, hear a story, and make a craft.  Perfect for ages 3 - 6.
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Upcoming Events
The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative (NBI) seeks to conserve the native biodiversity of Nantucket through collaborative research, monitoring, and education.

6th Biennial Nantucket Biodiversity Conference: November 13th - 15th, 2015
A full day of talks and posters related to biodiversity research on Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and surrounding areas. Field trips to explore the unique habitats and species found on the island and a keynote lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Farnsworth!
Please register by November 6th to reserve your spot attend the conference, a field trip, and/or a workshop.
The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative is a collaboration between Nantucket's science non-profit organizations. 
Courtesy of NASA image of the day
Astronaut Scott Kelly is
Breaking Records

On Friday, October 16th, astronaut Scott Kelly broke the U.S. spaceflight record.  Kelly is the commander of the current "Expedition 45" crew.  Friday was Kelly's 383rd day of living in space, surpassing U.S. astronaut Mike Fincke's record.

On Wednesday, October 28th, Kelly and engineer Kjell Lindgren of NASA will leave the International Space Station for their very first space walk!  This is the 189th space walk of the space station.  The two astronauts will  perform a pair of spacewalks in support of space station assembly and maintenance.  The space walk will be streamed live on NASA's website.   How would you feel the night before your first space walk?

Provided by Medical News Today
What's Up with the MMA's Social Media Push?
In May, we announced the launch of our new Instagram account.  Many of you immediately followed us (thank you) and today we have 647 followers!  Social media is a great way to find out what our scientists are doing, see current photos of Nantucket's natural world, and learn about upcoming events. Stay connected! 
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The MMA is a strong community and we are excited to welcome our newest members and their families:

Janet MacKay & Frank Hanlon
James Schufreider & Christopher Mario

Are you a member?  We have updated our membership program to provide you with even more benefits. Hint: member ONLY stargazing nights!
Join  here and help support MMA programs.

Because members really do have more fun!

Private Events

Want to provide your guests with an unforgettable and unique evening?  Host them at the MMA's Loines Observatory.  Our gorgeous deck overlooks sensational sunsets and at night, the stars glitter like diamonds with a brightness only Nantucket can provide.  An astronomer will be at your service to show your guests majestic planets and star clusters through our world class telescopes.  This location is perfect for cocktail parties, birthday parties, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, and much more!
For more information, please call Lauren at
508-228-9198 or email: