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The Maria Mitchell Association's Loines Observatory.

Open telescope nights at the Loines Observatory early next week

You're going to have to get used to this kind of post because I'm going to be doing it a lot from now on. Monday and Tuesday next week, May 16 and 17, are open telescope nights at the Maria Mitchell Association's Loines Observatory.

The telescope at the Loines Observatory is the largest public telescope on the East Coast, but I have to admit that even though I've known this since it was installed and have known about open telescope nights since I've lived on Nantucket going back more than 20 years, I've only recently just started going to the observatory when Maria Mitchell opens it to the public. And just yesterday (May 9), I went to a special daylight viewing of Mercury's transit across the sun that new Maria Mitchell Astronomy Department Director Regina Jorgenson organized. It was fascinating!

Open telescope nights on May 16 and 17 happen 7:30-9pm at 59 Milk St. Ext. If you're driving, try to park on the cemetary side of the road. Admission is free to Maria Mitchell Association members and $10 for non-members. If you can't get up there for either of those nights, fear not! There'll be plenty more open nights throughout this spring and fall, and special viewing nights depending what astronomical events are occuring that Regina will want to share with everyone. Check out Maria Mitchell's Calendar for upcoming events.

See you there!