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6th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

September 25 – 29, 2014

Protecting and celebrating Acadia’s nighttime splendor

Since 2009, Friends of Acadia has partnered with Acadia National Park and other area organizations to host the Acadia Night Sky Festival, a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science, and the arts.

Learn more about Acadia’s remarkable night skies  »

The 2014 event features talks, films, outing, workshops, and three star parties in Acadia National Park: a fantastic array of events for night-sky enthusiasts of all ages! For full event descriptions, fees (where applicable), and locations, visit the Acadia Night Sky Festival web site. Events are free unless otherwise indicated.

 

All Festival

10:00am – 5:00pm Build Your Own Night Sky Family Ornament for kids, Bar Harbor (fee)

7:00 9:30pm Bioluminescent Night Paddle, Castine (fee)

 

Thursday, Sept 25

3:30 – 5:30pm Panel: “Looking Beyond the Edges of Our Vision,” Bar Harbor

7:00 – 8:30pm Keynote Presentation: Paul Bogard “The End of Night,” Mount Desert

8:00 – 9:00pm Stars Over Sand Beach

 

Friday, September 26

9:00 – 10:30am German Paper Star Workshop, Bar Harbor (donation requested)

12:00 – 1:00pm Talk: Dr. Colleen McClung “Biology of Light,” Bar Harbor

5:30pm Talk: Tyler Nordgren “Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in National Parks,” Southwest Harbor

5:30 – 7:30pm Talk: Bert Probst “Tonight’s Sky: What to Look for at a Star Party,” Southwest Harbor (donation requested)

6:15 – 9:15pm Astro-Landscape Photo Workshops with Brent L. Ander, SERC (fee)

6:30 – 9:00pm Film: Outdoor Celestial Cinema Zathura, Bar Harbor

6:30 – 9:30pm Photography Workshop with Bob Thayer, ANP Headquarters(fee)

6:30 – 9:00pm Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise, Bar Harbor (fee)

8:00 – 10:00pm Star Party at Seawall

 

Saturday, September 27

11:00am – 1:00pm Solar Viewing, Bar Harbor

2:00 – 3:30pm Talk: Dr. Rich Wolfson “Wild Sun: A Drama in Three Acts,” Bar Harbor

2:00pm Film: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Bar Harbor

4:00 – 5:30pm Talk: Wally Funk “My Life as a Mercury 13 Astronaut Candidate,” Bar Harbor

6:15 – 9:15pm Astro-Landscape Photo Workshops with Brent L. Ander, SERC (fee)

6:30 – 9:30pm Photography Workshop with Bob Thayer, ANP Headquarters (fee)

8:00 – 10:00pm Star Party on Cadillac (parking at Hulls Cove Visitor Center)

 

Sunday, September 28

Time TBD Talk: Lori Tremblay, Artist on Astronomy and Science, Bar Harbor

Time TBD Talk: Dr. Julie Rathbun “A Spacecraft to Study an Ocean on Another World,” Bar Harbor

11:00am – 2:00pm Celebration of the Sun, Sieur de Monts

2:30pm Talk: Jon Thomas “Why Is the Sky Dark at Night?”, Bar Harbor

2:00pm Film: The City Dark, Bar Harbor

3:30pm Talk: Bob Reichman “Plutoids, Dwarf Planets and other Transneptunian Objects, Oh My!”, Bar Harbor

6:30 – 9:00pm Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise, Bar Harbor (fee)

 

Monday, September 29

5:55am Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain