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7th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival

September 10 – 14, 2015

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 2015 event will feature talks, films, outings, workshops, and three star parties in Acadia National Park: a fantastic array of events for night-sky enthusiasts of all ages! Events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, visit the Acadia Night Sky Festival web site.

 2015 Acadia Night Sky Festival Events

All Festival

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


Wednesday, September 10, 2015

6:45 – 9:15 pm Under the Stars Cruise with George Neptune (fee)


Thursday, September 10, 2015

4:00 – 4:45 pm The Great Celestial Bear: Ursa Major in Science, Culture & Myth: Jan Hoey

5:00 – 5:45 pm The Great Swan: Richard Luecke

6:30 – 8:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Dr. John A. Grant III, Geologist at the Center for Earth & Planetary Studies at the National Air and Space Museum: Exploring Mars with the Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity rovers

9:00 – 10:00 pm Stars Over Sand Beach


Friday, September 11, 2015

12:00 – 1:00pm From Mice to Men: The Cyclical Nature of Our Circadian Clocks

1:30 – 3:00pm Celebration of the Sun

4:00 – 6:30pm Dan Barry, MD, PhD, Astronaut: Follow Your Dreams

4:00 – 6:00pm Sips & Paint the Acadia Night Sky (fee)

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

6:45 – 9:15pm Under the Stars Cruise with George Neptune(fee)

7:30 – 9:30pm Celestial Cinema: “The Astronaut Farmer”

8:00 – 10:00pm Star Party at Seawall

8:00 – 12:00am Brent Ander: Capturing the Night Sky Photography Workshop


Saturday, September 12, 2015

11:00am – 1:00pm Solar Viewing

11:30am – 12:30pm Richard Luecke: Cruising Along the Milky Way

12:30 – 1:30pm Jon Thomas: The Reawakening of Astronomy-The Copernican Revolution

2:00 – 3:30pm Alasdair Davey: Solar Talk

4:00 – 5:30pm Astronaut Dan Barry: Sensations of Space Flight

4:00 – 6:00pm Sips & Paint the Acadia Night Sky (fee)

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

8:00 – 11:00pm Star Party on Cadillac with busing from MDI High School

8:00pm – 12:00am Brent Ander: Captuing the Night Sky Photography Workshop(fee)


Sunday, September 13, 2015

12:00 – 1:15am Fran Hodgkins & Mike Taylor: The Secret Galaxy Talk and Book Signing

12:00 – 1:15am Jon Thomas: A Tour of the Galaxy

1:30 – 2:45pm Dr. Neil Comins: What if the Earth Had two Moons?: And Nine Other Thought- Provoking Speculations on the Solar System Talk & Book Signing

1:30 – 2:45pm Kids Craft- Stars

3:00 – 4:15pm  Bob Reichman: Plutoids, Dwarf Planets and other Transneptunian Objects, Oh My!

4:00 – 6:00pm  Sips & Paint the Acadia Night Sky (fee)


Monday, September 14, 2015

5:55am Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain