Contact Information

Contact and Location Information

Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy
200 Eighth Street
Marina, CA 93933

Telephone: (831) 883 - 1000
Fax: (831) 883 - 1031
Email: mira [at]

Driving Directions

The Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy has offices located in Old Fort Ord in Marina, California and is easily accessible from US Hwy 1.

Note: Currently both Google Maps and MapQuest display an incorrect location for the MIRA offices. We are located on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 8th Street despite declarations to the contrary.

Directions from Hwy 1 N/S:

1. Take the 12th Street Exit and proceed East 0.3 miles.
2. Turn Right onto 2nd Avenue and drive South for 1/2 of a mile.
3. MIRA is located on the Southeast corner of the intersection of 8th St. and 2nd Ave.


The Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy welcomes volunteers to help with the many facets of MIRA's mission of astronomical research, public education and public outreach. Volunteers need not have a background in physics or astronomy.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email mira [at] for more information. Include the word "Volunteer" in your subject heading.

Become a Friend of MIRA

Support local astronomy by becoming a member of MIRA. Benefits include our quarterly MIRA Newsletter, special invitations to MIRA lectures and events, and to "Members Only" star parties at the Oliver Observing Station on top of Chews Ridge in Carmel Valley. Please email or call with your name and address and we will send you more information. Also see the Become a Friend of MIRA section of this web site.