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September 2019

“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 25 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor's Bioluminescent Bay 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! Fascinating! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply. In our unique "Floating Planetarium" we'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky…

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“Welcome to the Milky Way” with Richard Luecke

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Free

An estimated 75% of the world’s people can no longer see the Milky Way Galaxy from their homes because of urban light pollution. But here in Acadia, it shines brightly, with the collective glow of its 200+ billion stars arching from horizon to horizon. Astronomy volunteer Richard Luecke will explain our current understanding of the Milky Way, our place in it, how its vastness is measured, and how you can view and appreciate the galaxy’s splendor on any clear dark…

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“Active Asteroids” with Dr. Steve Larson

September 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

What are the asteroids and comets near Earth up to? Find out in this talk by Dr. Steve Larson, the senior staff scientist with The Catalina Sky Survey, a NASA-funded project supported by the Near Earth Object Observation Program (NEOO) under the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) based at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab in Tucson, Arizona, with a mission to discover and track near-Earth objects (NEOs) in an effort to meet the congressional mandate to catalogue…

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“Find Your Way in the Night Sky” with Bob Reichman

September 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

If the Big Dipper and Orion's belt are the only things you can find in the night sky, come take this tour that will help you identify over 20 stars, constellations, and brighter asterisms. All families will receive a planisphere (star wheel) project to complete at home that will help to identify stars and constellations year-round from your own backyard.

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“Mauna Kea: Gateway to the heavens, discoveries and the future” with Shawn Laatsch

September 26 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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Free

Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island is home to 12 world-class international observatories who have been shaping astronomical knowledge over the last several decades. The site is ranked as the best in the world in terms of astronomical seeing and was among the first to use adaptive optics allowing for significant gains for ground-based observations. Take a look at some of the latest discoveries and a glimpse at the future of this key astronomical site. Shawn Laatsch is the director of…

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“Capture the Night” Photography Workshop with Brent Ander Photography

September 26 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$75

Due to popular demand, this workshop is now available for three separate nights. Don't put your camera away just because the sun has set. With today's digital cameras, taking photographs at night is easier than ever and a lot of fun. Come join our Capture the Night Workshop where we examine Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography, and Light Painting. This workshop is for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you wish to learn how to successfully capture night images, have…

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“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 26 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night…

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Art Workshop with Sherry Rasmussen

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ART on West, 78 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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$10

Join paper artist Sherry Rasmussen in creating a pop-up star card celebrating Acadia Night Sky Festival. The workshop is limited to 10 students age 12 and over. All materials supplied. $10 fee is donated to the festival. Call (207) 288-9428 to reserve your space. Sherry Rasmussen is an artist and art supporter who, for nearly forty years with her husband have promoted the arts in and out of the galleries and studio spaces they have owned and established on the…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor's Bioluminescent Bay 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! Fascinating! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply. In our unique "Floating Planetarium" we'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky…

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“Read the Night Sky” with Linda Penkalski

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$15 – $25

Do you want to learn how to “read the night sky”? Join us at Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor for a night of sky exploration! Retired science teacher, former park ranger, and night sky enthusiast, Linda Penkalski will teach you how to read a sky chart and about the many resources available to continue your sky observations. After the classroom session, we will go outside to view the late summer skies in Eastern Maine. Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter are visible…

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“Apollo 11” with Dr. Don Davis

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

In this 50th year anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon, come hear a talk by Dr. Don Davis on this “giant leap for mankind.” Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on July 20, 1969. The astronauts also returned to Earth the first samples from another planetary body. Apollo 11 achieved its primary mission - to…

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“Photo Workshop: After Dark” with Mike Leonard

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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$15 – $35

Join landscape photographer Mike Leonard for this special presentation about photographing the night sky. Weather permitting, a free outdoor session will follow the indoor session which has a fee of $20 per person, $35 for a family and $15 for students. Everyone who attends will receive a coupon worth $25 from Nations Photo Lab where they may make prints, canvas, prints, postcards and more from their images. Attendees are encouraged to bring their cameras and tripods. For more information and…

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Stars Over Sand Beach

September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sand Beach in 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. No Pets.  Weather Dependent. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather.

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“Circadian Rhythms, the Biological World, and Light” with Dr. Michael Rosbash

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

All organisms on earth must coordinate their behavior and physiology with the daily light-dark cycle caused by the rotation of the earth around our sun. This regulation occurs through a genetic program that is highly conserved through evolution, from fruit flies to man. Dr. Michael Rosbash Dr. Rosbash will speak about his fundamental discovery of this molecular clock. His work has elegantly demonstrated how complex circadian behavior is regulated by a set of core genes. His early scientific journey is…

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“Celebration of the Sun” with Astronomy Volunteers

September 27 @ 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 telescopes. Weather dependent.  Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather.

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“Meet the Telescopes” with the Astronomy Volunteers

September 27 @ 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. Weather dependent.  Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather.

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“Rocks From Space” with Bob Veilleux

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 United States
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Free

Find out all about meteorites and their significance in astronomy. Bob will do a PowerPoint presentation and have numerous meteorites for people to see, hold, and discuss. Participants are invited to bring along any suspected meteorites to have them verified for authenticity. Bob Veilleux was the other Teacher In Space candidate from NH and present for the space shuttle Challenger disaster. He has been present for nine Space Shuttle launchings, including the successful launch of STS-118, The Teacher Astronaut Barbara Morgan the…

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“Stars over Acadia” with Richard Luecke

September 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

As darkness falls, the Milky Way—our island home in the cosmos—arches across the sky from horizon to horizon. Astronomy volunteer Richard Luecke will take you on an image-enhanced journey along that river of starlight and the constellations that occupy it: through Perseus, Andromeda, and Cassiopeia in the northeast, and on to Cygnus, the Swan hovering overhead. From there we’ll glide down through Aquila, Zeus’s pet eagle to Sagittarius, which marks the heart of the Milky Way Galaxy. Saturn and Jupiter…

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“Howling at the Moon” with Jan Hoey

September 27 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Howling at the Moon: Our Moon in Science, Culture, and Myth Earth’s moon has exerted a major influence for the past 4 billion years—from oceans to the origins of life, from climate to calendars, from love to lunacy.

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“Darkness in Distress” with Tim Brothers

September 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

We denizens of Earth stand at a crossroads. For decades we've allowed the sprawl of civilization to steal ever more stars from our nighttime skies. But this loss does not have to be permanent. Light pollution can be reversed, easily, by common-sense approaches that not only restore the night sky's beauty but also provide safe, energy-smart lighting solutions for our 24/7 society. Tim Brothers is the observatory manager of MIT's Wallace Astrophysical Observatory and a technical instructor in the Department…

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“Capture the Night” Photography Workshop with Brent Ander Photography

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$75

Due to popular demand, this workshop is now available for three separate nights. Don't put your camera away just because the sun has set. With today's digital cameras, taking photographs at night is easier than ever and a lot of fun. Come join our Capture the Night Workshop where we examine Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography, and Light Painting. This workshop is for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you wish to learn how to successfully capture night images, have…

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Keynote Event: “The Milky Way as you’ve never seen it before” by Dr. Jackie Faherty

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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By donation. Give what you can.

Dr. Jackie Faherty is Senior Scientist and Senior Education Manager, jointly, in the Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere detection and characterization. Dr. Faherty is continually striving to create more opportunities for underrepresented minorities to enter STEM fields through unique outreach endeavors. Dr. Jackie Faherty

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Starry Night Paint and Sip

September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

Come and create your own Starry Night. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process as you create your own version of van Gogh's masterpiece. All supplies and canvases provided. All ages welcome. Sign up on ArtWaves website. ArtWaves Members: use code AW10 at checkout for your member discount.

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“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 27 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor's Bioluminescent Bay 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! Fascinating! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply. In our unique "Floating Planetarium" we'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky…

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Celestial Cinema: Selected space-themed short films including “A Grand Day Out” featuring Wallace & Gromit

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Agamont Park, Agamont Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Bring your family and spread a blanket under the stars for a viewing of several space-themed short films including “A Grand Day Out” featuring Wallace & Gromit. Weather Dependent. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather. The movie will start at dusk. https://youtu.be/T0qagA4_eVQ

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“One Small Step” with Bob Reichman

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Rd
Seal Cove, ME 04674 United States
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In addition to sharing photos from the vast library of Apollo images that chronicle NASA's greatest saga, we'll role-play Earth and Moon motions to get a better understanding of orbits, phases, tides, eclipses, the gravitational dance with our Solar System neighbors, and more.

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Star Party in Seal Cove

September 27 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Rd
Seal Cove, ME 04674 United States
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Free

Join Astronomy Volunteers in the Park and local astronomers in the back yard at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Our volunteers will point out constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, and through binoculars and telescopes. Click for a virtual tour of the route from Bar Harbor to the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Dress warmly and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision. No pets allowed. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to…

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Celebration of the Sun with Astronomy Volunteers in the Park

September 28 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Join regional amateur astronomers and Acadia National Park rangers for safe solar viewing through a variety of specially equipped telescopes. In addition to optical telescopes, this year there will be a demonstration of solar radio astronomy equipment. In the event of rain, demonstrations of safe solar viewing equipment will happen indoors.  

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“Rocks From Space” with Bob Veilleux

September 28 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Find out all about meteorites and their significance in astronomy. Bob will do a PowerPoint presentation and have numerous meteorites for people to see, hold, and discuss. Participants are invited to bring along any suspected meteorites to have them verified for authenticity. Bob Veilleux was the other Teacher In Space candidate from NH and present for the space shuttle Challenger disaster. He has been present for nine Space Shuttle launchings, including the successful launch of STS-118, The Teacher Astronaut Barbara…

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“The Evolution of the Astronomical Observatory” with Tim Brothers

September 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Today's modern optical observatory is highly technical and automated. How did we get to the point where the educational observatory leverages A.I. to solve our oldest scientific problems... and is it a good idea? Tim Brothers is the observatory manager of MIT’s Wallace Astrophysical Observatory and a technical instructor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. In addition to education and outreach, he is the Vice President of the newly formed Massachusetts Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association.

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“The Great Celestial Bear: Ursa Major in Science, Culture, and Myth” with Jan Hoey

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Learn more about the constellation Ursa Major, which includes the Big Dipper, and why it has been portrayed as a great bear by civilizations across the northern hemisphere.  

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“It’s a Big Universe. Where Do We Fit In?” with Richard Luecke

September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Since ancient times, people have looked to the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars trying to answer these questions: “How big is the cosmos?” and “Where do we fit in?” Astronomy volunteer Richard Luecke will explain how people have answered those questions, and how their answers have changed over the centuries (and continue to change as technology and scientific inquiry improve our perceptions of the cosmos). So come along on an image-enhanced journey from our familiar solar system,…

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“Capture the Night” Photography Workshop with Brent Ander Photography

September 28 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$75

Due to popular demand, this workshop is now available for three separate nights. Don't put your camera away just because the sun has set. With today's digital cameras, taking photographs at night is easier than ever and a lot of fun. Come join our Capture the Night Workshop where we examine Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography, and Light Painting. This workshop is for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you wish to learn how to successfully capture night images, have…

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“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 28 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
+ Google Map
$45

As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor's Bioluminescent Bay 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! Fascinating! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply. In our unique "Floating Planetarium" we'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky…

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Cadillac Mountain Star Party

September 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mount Desert Island High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Parking reservation required.

The Cadillac Mountain Star Party will take place from 8 to 11 pm on Saturday, September 28. Participants must reserve - in advance - a parking space at Mount Desert Island High School for the event and ride a shuttle to Cadillac Mountain. The event is now SOLD OUT. Those with reservations are invited to drop in at any time during the ongoing program to visit with more than 50 volunteer astronomers and park rangers who will describe constellations and…

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Star Dome: “Our Family in the Sky”

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Northern Stars Planetarium brings the stars inside. The big dome will be set up inside the Jesup Memorial Library. The planets are personified as Mr. Sun guides the children through a tour of the Solar System. Includes planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon, and a constellation. Suitable for children K-2 grade. Adults welcome Limited to 55 participants. Important Note: Once the show begins, it is not possible to admit anyone else to the dome. John Meader began his planetarium career as a…

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Star Dome: “A World of Sky Stories”

September 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Northern Stars Planetarium brings the stars inside. The big dome will be set up inside the Jesup Memorial Library. A World of Sky Stories Legends of the sky from around the world will be told live under the stars. Hear stories from Australian Aborigines, Inuit (Eskimo), African Tribes, the Orient, the rainforests of South America and more. Suitable for children 3rd-6th grade. Adults welcome. Important Note: Once the show begins, it is not possible to admit anyone else to the dome.…

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Planetarium Show: “Faster than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight” Narrated by Sean Bean

September 29 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $6

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How long will it take? What rocket designs might one day conquer the voids of space? Take a virtual ride aboard spacecraft of the future based…

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“Caught in the Cosmic Web” with Dr. Margaret Gellar

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Join Margaret Geller for a journey through the universe. Throughout her career, she has been caught in the cosmic web, the largest pattern we know in nature. She will describe her role in discovering these patterns in the nearby universe and her ongoing work to map the way they evolve over the history of the universe. Margaret J. Geller is a pioneer in mapping the nearby universe. Her maps provided a new view of the enormous patterns in the distribution of galaxies…

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“Near-Earth Asteroids” with Dr. Lance Benner

September 29 @ 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Join Dr. Lance Benner, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore radar imaging of near-Earth asteroids using the Goldstone System Radar and the Arecibo Observatory. Dr. Benner is an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has an A.B. A. B. in Physics, Cornell University and a Ph. D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University. He has worked at JPL since 1998.

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Night Sky Mosaics Art Class

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$35

Come create glass mosaic art inspired by the night sky! All skill levels are invited to put your own contemporary twist on this easy-to-learn medium. Think of coloring with stained glass! More experienced artists may pick up some inspirations and ideas. Students are guided through the complete process of working in the direct method of mosaic using glue to adhere the stained glass, ceramic or shells to a glass or wooden surface approximately 5"x7". We will go over basic design…

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Planetarium Show: “Solar Superstorms” Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

September 29 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $6

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Travel into the tangle of magnetic fields and superhot plasma that vent the Sun’s rage in dramatic flares, violent solar tornadoes, and the largest eruptions in the solar system:…

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“Our Place in Space” with Bob Reichman

September 29 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Earth's return address in the Universe wouldn't easily fit on an envelope. You'll leave this stellar conversation with a better appreciation for where we fit among the stars. Confirm your understanding about some of the big concepts of time, size and scale, phases, eclipse and tides, rotation vs revolution, astronomical units, light years and more!  

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“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 29 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Experience an unforgettable evening paddle in Castine Harbor's Bioluminescent Bay 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! Fascinating! Castine's Harbor is Maine's own Bioluminescent Bay with a unique ecosystem that creates the perfect environment for these glow in the dark phytoplankton to survive and multiply. In our unique "Floating Planetarium" we'll explore the constellations of the stars of the night sky…

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