ⓘ Maria Mitchell Observatory

                                     

ⓘ Maria Mitchell Observatory

The Maria Mitchell Observatory in Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA, was founded in 1908 and named in honor of Maria Mitchell, the first American woman astronomer. It is a major component of the Maria Mitchell Association. The Observatory actually consists of two observatories - the main Maria Mitchell Observatory near downtown Nantucket and the Loines Observatory about a kilometer west of town. It is also the repository for a valuable collection of over 8000 wide-field glass photographic plates, recording observations of large swaths of sky from 1913 to 1995.

The Observatory has extensive public education and research programs. For more than 50 years, the Observatory has offered a summer research practices in astronomy and astrophysics for students, funded by the National science Foundation. The importance of this work was awarded the presidential award 2009 for achievements in science, mathematics and engineering Mentoring, given by President Barack Obama in Association Maria Mitchell.

The two observatories consist of three telescopes convex. Vestal street location houses research offices, as well as 17-inch plane wave dall-Kirkham telescope. This telescope was installed in 2008 after the completion of the Loines Observatory. The Loines Observatory houses the historic 7.5-inch Alvan Clark refractor, which is used for public observation. In this place there is also a large 24-inch Richey-Chretian reflecting telescope, installed in 2006, which was made available for public tours. As for the 17-inch and 24-inch telescopes are also used for research year-round.