Tag: Maria Mitchell Association

Maria Mitchell Birthday Celebration
Nantucket Events, Nantucket History & People

Happy Birthday Maria

The night sky above Nantucket is not like most places. Celestial bodies seem to shine differently here, thirty miles out to sea and surrounded by the dark waters of the Atlantic. We are far enough away from big city light pollution, and the air is clearer. On a clear night, this island boasts some of the best stargazing human eyes can behold. 

Photo By Tom Griswold
Island Science

Magic of Dark Skies

My first summer on Nantucket, in 1998 as a Maria Mitchell Association intern, was a magical experience for many reasons. Not the least of which was my first time to the beach at night. I will never forget the excitement of riding my bike in the dark with the other interns to catch a glimpse of the Perseid Meteor Shower one August summer night. Before I even saw one shooting star, I remember the awe-inspiring moment of looking up and seeing a sky full of bright twinkly stars. In a place like Nantucket, on this tiny island in the sea, the sky seems to go on forever into the ocean. Forget the sunsets that people “oooh and awe” about. The night sky of Nantucket is where the real show is!

Discovery Playground at Hinsdale Park | Nantucket, MA
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Discover a New Place to Play

by Catherine Macallister On Sunday, September 1, island children (and their parents) discovered their new favorite place to play. Discovery Playground at Hinsdale Park is an accessible playground built on Land Bank land on Old South Road, across from the State Forest. The park is collaboration between The Land Bank […]