Schedule of Events

“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

Join us September 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the 130’ jet -powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$30 – $40

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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$65

“The Physics of Spaceflight – or, You Too Can Become a Rocket Scientist in Less than an Hour” with astronaut Rick Hauck

Captain Rick Hauck is a retired Navy combat pilot, astronaut, and commercial space business executive. He flew over 100 combat missions in Viet Nam, and co-piloted one space shuttle flight and commanded two others, the latest of which was the first flight after the Challenger tragedy. Among his awards are two Department of Defense Distinguished […]

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

“Near Earth Asteroids – Observing them and NASA’s plan for making planet Earth safe!” with Shawn Laatsch

Asteroids were first discovered in 1801 and since that time there are several which have passed close to our planet and are considered to be “Near Earth Objects” or NEO’s. After humans witnessed Shoemaker – Levy 9 impacting Jupiter, NASA and other world space agencies began an extensive mapping campaign in an effort to protect […]

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

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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$65

“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

Change in event schedule! Due to forecasted weather conditions, the “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise scheduled for Sept. 6 at 7:00 pm has been cancelled.  Join us September 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the 130’ jet -powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. As the sun sets we will travel out among the […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$30 – $40

“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

“Pluto Strikes Back” with Scott J. Kenyon

Dr. Scott J. Kenyon will show images from the New Horizons flyby of the Pluto-Charon binary planet and will discuss how these results help us understand how all planets form. Scott J. Kenyon uses observations and numerical simulations to study the formation of stars and planetary systems. He was among the first to show that […]

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

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

“The Antikythera Mechanism” with Jon Thomas

In 1901 an ancient scientific instrument was discovered off the coast of Antikythera, a Greek island located in the Aegean Sea. Only recently has the mechanism been studied in detail to reveal its incredible workings. More than 2000 years old, the geared mechanism could show and predict the motion of the Sun and Moon among […]

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

“Your Inner Clock” with Dr. Joe Bass

Biology of Light Lecture sponsored by Jackson Laboratory  Dr. Bass will talk about the primary research focus of his lab, which is to understand the molecular mechanisms through which the circadian clock regulates metabolism in cells and organisms. Dr. Joseph Bass, MD PhD is a Charles F. Kettering Professor of Medicine in the Department of […]

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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

“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

“The Real Dancing With the Stars: What’s Up Tonight?” with Jan Hoey

As a preview to tonight’s Seawall Star Party, join Acadia Astronomy Volunteer Jan Hoey for an illustrated orientation to the upcoming celestial show. Bone up on your fall constellations, and learn how to get the most out of your star party experience.

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

“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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American Legion Hall Southwest Harbor, 22 Village Green Way
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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Free

Keynote Event: “Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions” by Galileo’s Daughters

“Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions” This multimedia concert describes the remarkable moment in history of science, human thought, and music, with narration by acclaimed science writer Dava Sobel. Galileo’s Daughters was founded by soprano Sarah Pillow in 2001 to present a different kind of early music recital that combines music, spoken word, and the […]

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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.

“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

“Sewn Paper Ledger Booklet Decorated with Stars” Art Workshop with Sherry Rasmussen

Join paper artist Sherry Rasmussen to create a hand-sewn ledger booklet decorated with stars to celebrate this year’s Acadia Night Sky Festival. The 1 1/2 hour workshop is limited to 10. All materials supplied. $10 fee is donated to the Acadia Night Sky Festival. Call (207) 288-9428 to reserve your space. Sherry Rasmussen is an […]

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

“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

Join us September 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the 130’ jet -powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$30 – $40

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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$65

Celestial Cinema: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Bring your family and spread a blanket under the stars for a viewing of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (PG). Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of “The […]

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

“What’s in the Sky Tonight?” with Richard Luecke

The night sky over Acadia this month glitters with bright stars and constellations, ghostly nebulae, the Milky Way, and four major planets. Amateur astronomer Richard Luecke will take you on a guided tour of the firmament that you will experience as darkness falls. His presentation will be a preview to the public telescopic “star parties”. […]

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Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park, 668 Seawall Road
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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Free

“Use Your Senses to Explore the Natural World” with Karen Zimmerman

Visit Schoodic Institute for this workshop to learn how to heighten awareness of YOUR senses! This 90-minute workshop, taking place outside, is open to the entire family. Cost is $10 per person; space is limited. Call 207-288-1337 to reserve your spot. Karen O. Zimmermann is a Maine Master Naturalist and author of “Nightwalk, Using all […]

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Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, 9 Atterbury Circle
Winter Harbor, ME 04693 United States
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$10

Seawall Star Party

Acadia National Park Rangers, volunteers, and local astronomers 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. Parking available at the picnic area. No pets allowed. Check our Facebook page for information on cancellations […]

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Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park, 668 Seawall Road
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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Free

Mosaic Workshop

Come create in the ancient art of mosaics inspired by the night! All skill levels are invited to put your own contemporary twist on this easy to learn medium. Think of coloring with stained glass! Students are guided through the complete process of working in the direct method of mosaic making using stained glass, ceramic […]

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Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$40

Space Race

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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MDI YMCA, 21 Park Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 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

“Mysterious Mars” with J. Kelly Beatty

Why are we so fascinated with Mars, our neighbor in space? Why is it so like our own Earth in some ways — and so utterly different in others? This presentation lets you explore the “Red Planet” from afar and up close. You’ll learn where to find it in the evening sky (it won’t be […]

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

“Our Active Sun” with Jon Thomas

Although the Sun is just an average star, it plays a significant role in our solar system. Overall properties of the Sun are given including size, distance, energy output, composition, and age. A very famous equation reveals the origin of the Sun’s energy and how that energy is transported. A variety of solar activity observed […]

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

Mosaic Workshop

Come create in the ancient art of mosaics inspired by the night! All skill levels are invited to put your own contemporary twist on this easy to learn medium. Think of coloring with stained glass! Students are guided through the complete process of working in the direct method of mosaic making using stained glass, ceramic […]

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Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$40

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

The important constellation Ursa Major, which includes the Big Dipper, 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

“The Glass Universe” with Dava Sobel

Pre-registration for this event is required. To reserve a space, call the Southwest Harbor Public Library at (207) 244-7065. Join our 2017 keynote speaker, award-winning science writer and bestselling author as she discusses her experience researching, reporting, and writing about astronomy. Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of “Longitude,” […]

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

“The Search for Planet 9” with Richard Luecke

Far beyond the orbit of Neptune, in the frigid realm of the Kuiper Belt, an undiscovered planet 10 times more massive than the Earth and 250 times farther from the Sun may be lurking. And the race to find it is heating up. Astro officialdom dropped Pluto from its list of planets in 2006; researchers […]

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

“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

Evening Sip ‘n Mosaic Workshop

Come create in the ancient art of mosaics inspired by the night! All skill levels are invited to put your own contemporary twist on this easy to learn medium. Think of coloring with stained glass! Students are guided through the complete process of working in the direct method of mosaic making using stained glass, ceramic […]

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Artwaves MDI, 1345a State Highway 102
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$50

“Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

Join us September 5, 6, 7, and 8 on the 130’ jet -powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time 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 […]

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co., 1 West Street
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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$30 – $40

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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$65

“An Eye to the Sky” with Bob Reichman

If the Big Dipper and Orion’s Belt are all you can easily find in the night sky, come to expand your horizons. Acadia Astronomy Volunteer Bob Reichman will share easy to find shapes, constellations and “anchor” stars in our night sky and make sense out of it all. Navigate by the stars and take home […]

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Mount Desert Island High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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Free

Cadillac Mountain Star Party

Reservations for the Cadillac Star Party are sold out. Only ticket holders will be allowed to attend this event. If you weren’t able to get a reservation, plan to join us at one of our other star parties on Thursday at Sand Beach or Friday at Seawall! Check the schedule for more details.    The […]

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Mount Desert Island High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 United States
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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 […]

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

Star Dome: “Exploring our Solar System”

Northern Stars Planetarium brings the stars inside. The big dome will be set up inside the Jesup Memorial Library. Let’s explore the planets and “dwarf planets”, both as seen in the night sky and as visited by space probes. Suitable for children 3rd-8th grade. Adults welcome. Important Note: Once the show begins, it is not possible […]

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

“My Life as a Mercury 13 Astronaut Candidate” with Wally Funk

In 1962, 13 female pilots passed the test to become astronauts but were never allowed to go to space. Wally Funk shares her story and inspiration as she keeps her dream of space travel alive. Wally Funk, Pioneering Female Pilot and Astronaut Candidate Pilot Wally Funk was one of the Mercury 13, the first female air […]

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

“Beyond Hubble” with Jon Thomas

Soon after the Hubble Space Telescope became operational in1994, astronomers began planning its successor. Now known as the James Webb Space Telescope, it will be larger and have instruments that are sensitive to longer wavelengths in the infrared. The Webb telescope will search for the first stars and galaxies in the very early universe and […]

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

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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$65

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