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Address: 59 Milk St, Nantucket Town, Nantucket, MA 02554-2642
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Educational and Wonderful Experience

Wish we had more time to spend, but will come back again and plan on dedicating an evening to the Observatory. An amazing experience for adults and children who appreciate... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2016
Aspen, Colorado
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Aspen, Colorado
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Wish we had more time to spend, but will come back again and plan on dedicating an evening to the Observatory. An amazing experience for adults and children who appreciate science, astronomy and education in general. The 100 year old plus telescope is quiet amazing.

Thank VrVxVyVa
Fairfield County, CT
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280 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

The staff will find the best things to see through the telescope and the powerful lens will give you a new perspective on the night sky. A great learning experience and a good kids activity.

Thank nodrama1
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Where else can you look 2,300 years into the past? (at the ring nebula, a star that shed its outer gas layers, 2,300 light years away). Or see Saturn and it's rings? The strangest sight in the universe! One of the top 5 things to do on Nantucket is the astronomy night at the Maria Mitchell Association's Loines Observatory on... More 

Thank kelso402
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The Loines Observatory is part of the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket. I've visited twice for astronomy nights, and both times the astronomers who lead these events have been knowledgeable and glad to share their expertise with visitors. If looking at Saturn and Mars through telescopes, viewing the ISS as it goes by, and learning about constellations on a cool... More 

1 Thank atltraveler_7
Easton, Pennsylvania
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38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

As a kid I loved going to the Loines Observatory! They would open the large observation area and you could climb the ladder and peer at the heavens and see things that were amazing. Outside they would commonly have smaller telescopes so you could see closer objects or details of the moon. My friends and I loved going there!

1 Thank All_Points_Images
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We saw a globular cluster of stars 22,000 light years away, and an amazing moon. Also, the international space station graced us with a fly-by. Great talk about the constellations too. A must see for young and old alike!

1 Thank dobynsj
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

What a unique and fun night out on Nantucket. We first learned about the Loines Observatory on our first trip to Nantucket two years ago when we stumbled upon the Vestal Street Observatory. We were invited to look at the sun through a special solar telescope and then preceded to learn about the amazing universe from two very knowledgeable and... More 

3 Thank kabbykat
Bronxville, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We just returned from the open night at the Loines Observatory. Saturn was seen from one of the telescopes and Messie 13 (a cluster of stars) in the other. The constellation tour was also fantastic. The stars where beautiful and the staff very helpful. Go around 9:30 for optimum viewing.

1 Thank Arleen T
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

I really liked seeing the Moon and Saturn. I didn't expect to see the rings around Saturn. but when I did it was an amazing sight. There wasn't one thing I didn't like about the observatory. Also, the staff were very friendly, and they were open to answer any questions. you should defiantly bring a camera to capture a picture... More 

1 Thank Jayci S
Branchburg, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

We were lucky to have good weather on a night when the observatory was open. So, we ventured out there to check out out. The friendly and knowledgeable folks there showed us the moon, mars, jupiter and some of its moons, and a few deep space object. A fun and unique time.

1 Thank Aldo A

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