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September 2018

“The Antikythera Mechanism” with Jon Thomas

September 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 United States
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In 1901 an ancient scientific instrument was discovered off the coast of Antikythera, a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea. Only recently has the mechanism been studied in detail to reveal its incredible workings. More than 2000 years old, the geared mechanism could show and predict the motion of the Sun and Moon among the stars, including lunar phases and eclipses. Discover the extraordinary knowledge of the universe possessed by ancient Greek astronomers and how they incorporated that knowledge…

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“Your Inner Clock” with Dr. Joe Bass

September 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Biology of Light Lecture sponsored by Jackson Laboratory  Dr. Bass will talk about the primary research focus of his lab, which is to understand the molecular mechanisms through which the circadian clock regulates metabolism in cells and organisms. Dr. Joseph Bass, MD PhD is a Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine of Feinberg School of Medicine and the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine at Northwestern University. He is a graduate…

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“Celebration of the Sun” with Astronomy Volunteers

September 7, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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 7, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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“Darkness in Distress” with J. Kelly Beatty

September 7, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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. J. Kelly Beatty is a Senior Editor for Sky & Telescope magazine

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“The Real Dancing With the Stars: What’s Up Tonight?” with Jan Hoey

September 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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As a preview to tonight’s Seawall Star Party, join Acadia Astronomy Volunteer Jan Hoey for an illustrated orientation to the upcoming celestial show. Bone up on your fall constellations, and learn how to get the most out of your star party experience.

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“Our Place in Space”with Bob Reichman

September 7, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
American Legion Hall Southwest Harbor, 22 Village Green Way
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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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!   This event will take place at the American Legion Hall behind the Southwest Harbor Public Library.  

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Keynote Event: “Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions” by Galileo’s Daughters

September 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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“Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions” This multimedia concert describes the remarkable moment in history of science, human thought, and music, with narration by acclaimed science writer Dava Sobel. Galileo’s Daughters was founded by soprano Sarah Pillow in 2001 to present a different kind of early music recital that combines music, spoken word, and the visual arts to create thought-provoking and intriguing programs. Praised for her “gorgeous” singing (Sunday London Times), Sarah and Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba, along…

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“Capture the Night” Photography Workshop with Brent Ander Photography

September 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$75

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 Capturing the Night Workshop where we examine Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography, and Light Painting. This workshop is for the amateur to the professional photographer. For workshop details and requirements, please visit the Workshop page at http://anderphotography.com Limited to 15 participants $75 per person

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“Sewn Paper Ledger Booklet Decorated with Stars” Art Workshop with Sherry Rasmussen

September 7, 2018 @ 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 to create a hand-sewn ledger booklet decorated with stars to celebrate this year’s Acadia Night Sky Festival. The 1 1/2 hour workshop is limited to 10. All materials supplied. $10 fee is donated to the Acadia Night Sky 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…

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“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$30 – $40

Join us September 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the 130’ jet -powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. 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…

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Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$65

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: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Agamont Park, Agamont Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Bring your family and spread a blanket under the stars for a viewing of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (PG). Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Weather Dependent. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather. The movie will start at dusk. https://youtu.be/eLdiWe_HJv4

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“What’s in the Sky Tonight?” with Richard Luecke

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park, 668 Seawall Road
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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The night sky over Acadia this month glitters with bright stars and constellations, ghostly nebulae, the Milky Way, and four major planets. Amateur astronomer Richard Luecke will take you on a guided tour of the firmament that you will experience as darkness falls. His presentation will be a preview to the public telescopic "star parties". His presentation will take place at the Seawall Amphitheater

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“Use Your Senses to Explore the Natural World” with Karen Zimmerman

September 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$10

Visit Schoodic Institute for this workshop to learn how to heighten awareness of YOUR senses! This 90-minute workshop, taking place outside, is open to the entire family. Cost is $10 per person; space is limited. Call 207-288-1337 to reserve your spot. Karen O. Zimmermann is a Maine Master Naturalist and author of “Nightwalk, Using all your senses to explore the Natural World.” Karen lives on Mount Desert Island and gets out at night to use all her senses whenever she…

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Seawall Star Party

September 7, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park, 668 Seawall Road
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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Acadia National Park Rangers, volunteers, and local astronomers will point out constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, and through binoculars and telescopes. Dress warmly and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision. Parking available at the picnic area. No pets allowed. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather.  

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