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September 2019

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

September 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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“Read the Night Sky” with Linda Penkalski

September 26, 2019 @ 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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“Celebration of the Sun” with Astronomy Volunteers

September 27, 2019 @ 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 27, 2019 @ 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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“Stars over Acadia” with Richard Luecke

September 27, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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Starry Night Paint and Sip

September 27, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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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“One Small Step” with Bob Reichman

September 27, 2019 @ 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. Alert for Friday night's talk and Star Party as part of the Acadia Night Sky Festival: Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking is limited so please carpool as much as possible. Please DO NOT PARK ALONG…

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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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“Our Place in Space” with Bob Reichman

September 29, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 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!  

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