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September 2018

Space Race

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
MDI YMCA, 21 Park Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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A fun family foot race in the universe Start from the Sun and run all the way to Pluto! Distances between the features of our solar system will be marked along the course. As a special treat, meet Wally Funk of the Mercury 13.

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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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“Rocks From Space” with Bob Veilleux

September 28, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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, 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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“Capture the Night” Photography Workshop with Brent Ander Photography

September 28, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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 28, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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  The Cadillac Mountain Star Party scheduled for September 28 is canceled since observing conditions are expected to be very poor.   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…

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