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Loines Observatory, Nantucket

#19 of 25 in Childrens Museums in Massachusetts
Observatory · Hidden Gem · Museum
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  • My children and I went to a nighttime stargazing event, led by experts who helped them to use the large telescopes and explained what they saw. A really memorable experience.  more »
  • We loved going here on a Monday night for open astronomy night. Starting at 9:00, the staff, who vary in age but are mostly college students, give a talk about the night sky. Two giant telescopes let....  more »
  • Open house night was great and well worth the $10 entry! Antique refractor telescope (used by Maria Mitchell) was set up for Moon viewing, showing dinner detail of craters and shadows. Research telescope showed a globular cluster of stars in the Milky Way. A smaller mobile telescope showed both Jupiter (accompanied by its four Galilean moons) and Saturn (rings included). Several undergraduate students ran the show in an efficient and knowledgeable manner. Mitchell history, a constellation tour, and more galactic factoids were shared. Time your visit around New Moon for darkest viewing conditions. Milky Way was barely visible from 9-10:30pm near First Quarter. Open twice a week during summer. About a mile walk from town, depending on where you are staying, but the historic sidewalks will slow you down. Bring a flashlight if you are walking to open house. Take an Uber to avoid twisted ankles.
  • 3 telescopes. Great experience

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