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Astronomical Show on Nantucket

by Sanibel Chai The total solar eclipse occuring this Monday, August 21 is particularly rare because it is the first time the path of totality exclusively crosses the continental United States from coast to coast in nearly a century—the last time was on June 8, 1918. It is also the …

Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA

A Whale of an Auction

Sunday, August 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) will hold a reception and auction highlighting the dangers of plastic flotsam in our oceans through sculptures made from plastic beach trash. The auction will be held at the MMA’s property located at 33 Washington Street, …

Meteors This Week, Eclipse Next

by Sanibel Chai Though the Great American Eclipse will be visible at midday in Nantucket on August 21, the island is not in the path of totality. This means we will only observe a partial solar eclipse. If you are looking for a nighttime astronomical spectacle, the peak of the …

Michael Melford on Nantucket

Bringing the World to Nantucket

Michael Melford will bring the world to Nantucket this Saturday, July 8, when he gives a free illustrated talk on the island about his adventures. A photographer for National Geographic. He’ll show slides of his famous photographs and discuss his assignments 5 to 6 pm in the First Congregational Church …

Michael Melford on Nantucket

National Geographic Photographer, Michael Melford

National Geographic Photographer, Michael Melford will be Guest of Honor at The Nantucket Red-Tie Soirée, the Maria Mitchell Association’s Largest Fundraiser. Michael Melford, an award-winning photographer who has worked with National Geographic for more than 30 years, will be the special guest at this year’s Red Tie Soiree on July 10. …

Adam Bloom Scholarship Fund | Maria Mitchell Association

Camp Scholarship in Memory of Son

Susan and Howard Bloom have announced the Adam Bloom Scholarship Fund for children interested in attending the Maria Mitchell Association’s winter and spring vacation camp programs running in December and April. Applications, available at mariamitchell.org, are being accepted for the MMA’s Winter Discovery Camp from December 27 to 30. During …

Sundial at Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket

What Is This? A Sundial!

~ by Katherine Brooks, Maria Mitchell Association ~ Sundial or Sun d’Isle, as so cleverly named and crafted by Robert A. diCurcio (Bob), was designed as a piece of functional art and commissioned for the Maria Mitchell Association in 1989. The sundial is designed based on the latitude (41 degrees, …

Maria Mitchell Association | Nantucket, MA

What Is This? – Wood Fern

The Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) biological collections’ oldest specimen is the Wood Fern (pictured above). Maria Louisa Owen, an expert in mosses and moss-like plants, collected this fern in 1879. This was during the height of “Pteridomania” – also known as the Victo- rian fern craze – which was sweeping …