Maria Mitchell House

The world of a woman ahead of her time

1 Vestal St., Nantucket, MA 02554

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Explore the home of America's first professional female astronomer, Maria Mitchell, a pioneer for women across America. At the age of twelve, she assisted her father in observing an annular eclipse of the sun. At fourteen, sea captains trusted her skills in rating their chronometers for their long whaling voyages. After discovering a comet through a telescope, she was awarded a gold medal by the King of Denmark. Traveling the world, she became Professor of Astronomy at Vassar College. Learn about the legacy of this fascinating woman with a trip to her birthplace and enjoy a variety of science and history based activities to pique your curiosity!

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