Maria Mitchell Association

Maria Mitchell Association information

Nantucket Town , USA
Street 4 Vestal St
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The Maria Mitchell Association is devoted to Maria (pronounced 'Mariah') Mitchell (1818-89), who was America's first female astronomer. Astronomy was no mere hobby on Nantucket: the nearly 100 whaling ships based here navigated by the stars, and the Mitchell family calibrated ships' instruments. Maria is revered for discovering a comet in the 1840s, beating some of the world's leading scientists.

The association runs the Maria Mitchell Birthplace House, Vestal St Observatory and Loines Observatory.