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September 2019

Celebration of the Sun with Astronomy Volunteers in the Park

September 28, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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“The Great Celestial Bear: Ursa Major in Science, Culture, and Myth” with Jan Hoey

September 28, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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