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Acadia Night Sky Festival

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Upcoming Events

September 2017

Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 20 @ 6:45 pm - 9:15 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch, 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Join guide Zack Klyver and Cruise Frenchman Bay onboard the 130’ foot jet-powered catamaran Atlanticat with a large top observation deck, three levels and a full bar and galley. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com. Please call Bar Harbor Whale Watch to make reservations and pricing at 207-288-2386. Note: This trip is weather dependent – please call after…

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Night Sky Photography with Maine Media Workshops

September 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schoodic Institute, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Schoodic Institute in partnership with Maine Media Workshops and College, Rockport, ME, invites the public to a free lecture by two experienced night sky photographers. Join Maine Media Workshops and College instructors, Nate Levesque and Jim Nickelson, as they share their professional work and expertise in night sky photography. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“Cruising the Milky Way” with Astro VIP Richard Luecke

September 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Rd.
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 United States
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Take an image-enhanced journey along Milky Way’s pale river of starlight from Perseus to Sagittarius. Learn about the size of our galaxy, how it was formed, and how you can locate its spectacular star cluster, glowing nebulae, and more with binoculars or a modest telescope. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“The Glass Universe” with Keynote Speaker Dava Sobel

September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Join this award-winning science writer and bestselling author as she talks about the pioneering women recruited for cut-rate wages to work in the Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s to calculate, measure, classify and make sense of the information gathered via early astrophotography. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$55

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor under a blanket of stars and in the midst of bioluminescent organisms of the water that swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle. Call 207-866-3506 for reservations. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Reception with Keynote Speaker Dava Sobel

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Dava Sobel, an award-winning former New York Times science reporter and best-selling author, will be giving the Acadia Night Sky Festival keynote speech on Thursday, September 21, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at the Criterion Theatre. The Criterion Theatre will offer a cash bar and consessions. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Stars Over Sand Beach

September 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park, Sand Beach
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Gaze at Acadia’s amazing night sky as an Acadia National Park ranger takes you on a tour of the stars, complete with stories and science. Free. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Dr. Samer Hattar “Biology of Light”

September 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main St.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Dr. Samer Hattar is a Senior Investigator and Chief of the Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR). He received his PhD from the University of Houston in Texas under the mentorship of Arnold Eskin. He will be giving a presentation about the "Biology of Light." An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Celebration of the Sun

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Join amateur astronomers and Acadia National Park rangers for safe solar viewing through a variety of specially equipped telescores and see a demonstration of solar radio astronomy equipment. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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Meet the Telescopes with the Astro VIPs

September 22 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Learn about different types of telescopes and the advantages of each design. Acadia Astronomy Volunteers will be available to introduce you to the scopes. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“Autumn Night Sky Highlights: A Baker’s Dozen Spectacular Objects” with Astro VIP Dick Luecke

September 22 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
YWCA, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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As a preview to the Festival’s telescoping events, take an image-enhanced visit to 13 amazing objects: double stars and star clusters, glowing nebulae, ghostly remnants of dead suns, distant galaxies, and ringed Saturn. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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“Why is the Sky Dark at Night?” with Astro VIP Jon Thomas

September 22 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
YWCA, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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This talk explores the development of ancient and modern concepts of the cosmos and the relatively recent observational revelations about our universe. As it turns out the fact that the night sky is dark reveals something extraordinary about the origin of the universe. An event of the Acadia Night Sky Festival – Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine – www.acadianightskyfestival.com.

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