Schedule of Events

*This schedule is subject to change without notice.

“Under the Stars” 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

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 […]

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Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

“Cruising Along the Milky Way” with Richard Luecke

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 […]

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Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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Free

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

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 […]

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YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“The Mauna kea Observatories and some of their latest discoveries” with Dr. Shawn Laatsch

Shawn Laatsch is the director of the Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium and President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in planetariums, having directed facilities in Hawaii, Kentucky, and Maryland as well as managing the construction and installation of a number of facilities in the U.S. and […]

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Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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Free

“Under the Stars” 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

Art Workshop with Sherry Rasmussen

Join paper artist Sherry Rasmussen in creating a pop-up star card celebrating Acadia Night Sky Festival. The workshop is limited to 10 students age 12 and over. All materials supplied. $10 fee is donated to the festival. Call (207) 288-9428 to reserve your space. Sherry Rasmussen is an artist and art supporter who, for nearly […]

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ART on West, 78 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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$10

Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

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 […]

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Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

“Read the Night Sky” with Linda Penkalski

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 […]

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Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$15 – $25

“Apollo 11” with Dr. Don Davis

In this 50th year anniversary of man’s first landing on the moon, come hear a talk by Dr. Don Davis on this “giant leap for mankind.” Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. The first steps by humans on another planetary body were taken by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin […]

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Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Photo Workshop: After Dark” with Mike Leonard

Join landscape photographer Mike Leonard for this special presentation about photographing the night sky. Weather permitting, a free outdoor session will follow the indoor session which has a fee of $20 per person, $35 for a family and $15 for students. Everyone who attends will receive a coupon worth $25o from Nations Photo Lab where […]

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YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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$15 – $35

Stars Over Sand Beach

Gaze at Acadia’s amazing night sky as an Acadia National Park ranger takes you on a tour of the stars, complete with stories and science. No Pets.  Weather Dependent. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather.

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Sand Beach in Acadia National Park, Sand Beach
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Biology of Light” with Dr. Michael Rosbash

Dr. Michael Rosbash is a professor at Brandies University and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a geneticist and a chronobiologist who studies the body’s internal circadian clock. His work has elucidated the molecular components of the core circadian oscillator using the fruit fly as a model. For his discoveries, he […]

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Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Celebration of the Sun” with Astronomy Volunteers

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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Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Meet the Telescopes” with the Astronomy Volunteers

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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Bar Harbor Village Green, Village Green
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Rocks From Space” with Bob Veilleux

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 […]

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Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662 United States
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Free

“Stars over Acadia” with Richard Luecke

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 […]

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YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Howling at the Moon” with Jan Hoey

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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YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Darkness in Distress” with J. Kelly Beatty

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, […]

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YWCA Mount Desert Island, 36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Keynote Event: “The Milky Way as you’ve never seen it before” by Dr. Jackie Faherty

Dr. Jackie Faherty is Senior Scientist and Senior Education Manager, jointly, in the Department of Astrophysics and the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. She is working at the forefront of brown dwarf and exoplanet atmosphere detection and characterization. Dr. Faherty is continually striving to create more opportunities for underrepresented minorities […]

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Criterion Theatre, 35 Cottage Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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By donation. Give what you can.

Starry Night Paint and Sip

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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Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

“Under the Stars” 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

“Capture the Night” Photography Workshop with Brent Ander Photography

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. […]

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Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$75

Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

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 […]

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Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Celestial Cinema: Selected space-themed short films including “A Grand Day Out” featuring Wallace & Gromit

Bring your family and spread a blanket under the stars for a viewing of several space-themed short films including “A Grand Day Out” featuring Wallace & Gromit. Weather Dependent. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations due to weather. The movie will start at dusk. https://youtu.be/T0qagA4_eVQ

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Agamont Park, Agamont Park
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Active Asteroids” with Dr. Steve Larson

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 […]

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Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Rd
Seal Cove, ME 04674 United States
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Free

Star Party at Seal Cove

Join Astronomy Volunteers in the Park and local astronomers in the back yard at the Seal Cove Auto Museum. Our volunteers 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. No pets allowed. Check our […]

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Seal Cove Auto Museum, 1414 Tremont Rd
Seal Cove, ME 04674 United States
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Free

Celebration of the Sun with Astronomy Volunteers in the Park

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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Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Rocks From Space” with Bob Veilleux

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 […]

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Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Searching for Other Worlds” with Kelly Beatty

Join astronomer Kelly Beatty, the senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, for this exploration of how we search for and find other planets. Kelly Beatty has been explaining the science and wonder of astronomy to the public since 1974. An award-winning writer and communicator, he specializes in planetary science and space exploration as Senior […]

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Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“The Great Celestial Bear: Ursa Major in Science, Culture, and Myth” with Jan Hoey

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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Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“It’s a Big Universe. Where Do We Fit In?” with Richard Luecke

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 […]

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Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Under the Stars” 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

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 […]

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Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Cadillac Mountain Star Party

  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. Reservations will be made available soon. Check this page and follow […]

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Mount Desert Island High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Parking reservation required.

Star Dome: “Our Family in the Sky”

Northern Stars Planetarium brings the stars inside. The big dome will be set up inside the Jesup Memorial Library. The planets are personified as Mr. Sun guides the children through a tour of the Solar System. Includes planets, comets, asteroids, the Moon, and a constellation. Suitable for children K-2 grade. Adults welcome Limited to 55 participants. […]

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Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Star Dome: “A World of Sky Stories”

Northern Stars Planetarium brings the stars inside. The big dome will be set up inside the Jesup Memorial Library. A World of Sky Stories Legends of the sky from around the world will be told live under the stars. Hear stories from Australian Aborigines, Inuit (Eskimo), African Tribes, the Orient, the rainforests of South America and […]

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Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Planetarium Show: “Faster than Light: The Dream of Interstellar Flight” Narrated by Sean Bean

The impulse to strike out into the unknown, to see what’s over the horizon… is as old as humanity. Today, a whole new horizon beckons. Astronomers are racing to find habitable worlds, including any that might exist in the neighborhood of our Sun. But if we find one, how will we ever get there? How […]

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Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $6

“Caught in the Cosmic Web” with Dr. Margaret Gellar

Margaret J. Geller is a pioneer in mapping the nearby universe. Her maps provided a new view of the enormous patterns in the distribution of galaxies like the Milky Way – the largest patterns we know. Dr. Geller’s long-range scientific goals are to discover what the universe looks like and to understand how it came […]

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Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Near-Earth Asteroids” with Dr. Lance Benner

Join Dr. Lance Benner, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to explore radar imaging of near-Earth asteroids using the Goldstone System Radar and the Arecibo Observatory. Dr. Benner is an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has an A.B. A. B. in Physics, Cornell University and a Ph. D. in Earth and Planetary […]

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Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Night Sky Mosaics Art Class

Come create glass mosaic art inspired by the night sky! All skill levels are invited to put your own contemporary twist on this easy-to-learn medium. Think of coloring with stained glass! More experienced artists may pick up some inspirations and ideas. Students are guided through the complete process of working in the direct method of […]

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Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$35

Planetarium Show: “Solar Superstorms” Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch

A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What’s driving these strange phenomena? How will they affect planet Earth? Find the answers as we venture into the seething interior of our star. Travel into the tangle […]

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Emera Astronomy Center & Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Rd
Orono, ME 04469 United States
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$4 – $6

“Our Place in Space” with Bob Reichman

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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Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

“Under the Stars” 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$45

Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle

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 […]

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Castine Kayak Adventures, 17 Sea Street
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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$85

Future Festival Dates

2020
September 16 - 20

2021
September 29 - October 3

2022
September 21 - 25

2023
September 13 - 17

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