June 5, 2014

The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association
E-Comet Newsletter

June 9th is Opening Day!

Monday - Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Join our Aquarium staff for a Marine Ecology Field Trip and other activities!

Monday - Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Free Admission!  Check out museum activities.

Historic Mitchell House
Monday - Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Take a tour of the house or sign your child up for one of our
Junior Historians programs!

Vestal Street Observatory
Tours at 2PM Monday - Friday

Loines Observatory
Stargazing Nights Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 9PM - 10:30PM
Starting June 9th

Summer Discovery Camp & Teen Programs
(Ages 5-15)

Spaces are filling up fast!  Register today to reserve your spot!


Discovery Class Scholarship Program!

Thanks to a generous grant offered by the EGCF, a non-profit foundation, the Maria Mitchell Association is offering up to 24 scholarships for eligible Nantucket residents and visitors.  The grant reduces the cost of the Discovery and Naturalist Leadership Programs by 80% with the purchase of a Family Membership for $25.00.

For more information or to download an application, visit our website.  


If you have any questions please call us at 508.228.9198 or email Kim Botelho, MMA's Director of Education. 

New Family Astronomy Activities Offered This Summer


This summer, MMA will offer several new hands-on astronomy activities for families. These include:


ARTstronomy * Robot Explorers * Stars & Senses Night Hike * Astrophotography * AstroKids Nights   


 For more information or to register for activities visit our website. 

The Maria Mitchell Association Presents
An Evening with the Stars

Sunday, July 13, 2014
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Sankaty Head Golf Club

Cocktails & Light Buffet

 Music by Perrry Rossi

Featuring a silent auction with fabulous & unique items


For more information on tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit our website.

Astronomy REU Program Receives Funds from National Science Foundation

MMA's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Astronomy has received an award of $318,760.00 from the National Science Foundation to continue training the next generation of astronomers over the next four years.  This year's astronomy students ---  among the best in the country ---  have already started to arrive.  While on Nantucket they will conduct cutting-edge astronomical research under the joint supervision of Dr. Michael West, Director of Astronomy, and affiliated astronomers from leading universities. 

Birthday Parties at MMA!

Come celebrate your child's birthday with us.  We are now offering private birthday parties June through October!

For more details on booking a party, visit our website.

MMA Astronomy Director Photographs
Mauna Kea Observatories In Hawaii

Dr. Michael West, Director of Astronomy, recently spent nine days and nights on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii, home to the world's most powerful collection of telescopes.  There he photographed the observatories and the mountain's unique landscape for his new book, 50 Years of Astronomy on Mauna Kea, which he has been asked to write by the observatories and University of Hawaii Press. His previous book, A Gentle Rain of Starlight: The Story of Astronomy on Mauna Kea, sold more than 7,000 copies.  The new book will be published in 2015. 


While there, West also gave an invited public lecture at the University of Hawaii titled "Nantucket Nights: Astronomy Thirty Miles Out to Sea," which told of Maria Mitchell's legacy as America's first woman astronomer, the lost astronomical knowledge of the island's indigenous Wampanoag people, and whether whales can see the stars.  The talk will be repeated here in Nantucket sometime this summer, date to be determined.

Summer Pubic Stargazing Nights

Loines Observatory
Starting June 9th,
Every Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
9 - 10:30PM
Weather permitting
Members: Free
Non-members: $10 per person

2014 Membership Renewal!
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2014 and register for Summer Discovery Camp!  The purchase of a 2014 membership allows you to use our special benefits until December 31, 2014!   Membership with the MMA comes with many benefits including unlimited free admission to all of our locations, discounts on classes and special members only events, and a ten percent discount in the MMA gift shops.

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Board and Staff


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

Mary Archibald (Bebe) Poor, D.V.M  

Eileen Rudden
Anne P. Strain
Edward Symes, III
Helene M. Weld



Administration (508)228-9198
Janet E. Schulte, Ph.D., Executive Director
Joan Alison Stockman, Financial Administrator

Kyra Taylor, 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              

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