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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Happy Birthday, Maria Mitchell

Maria Mitchell was born today in 1818.  She was the first person to discover a telescopic comet!  She also became the first woman elected to the Academy of Arts and Science.  

She said, "We have a hunger of the mind, which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing." 

If you are planning a trip this summer to Nantucket, head over to the Maria Mitchell Association at 4 Vestal Street.  You can see Maria's house and gaze up into the sky just like she did.  

Read more about Maria Mitchell and fellow female astronomers: 

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