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September 2019

“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

September 25, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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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, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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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, 2019 @ 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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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, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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