Photo Courtesy Bob Thayer

Events abound for the Acadia Night Sky Festival



Photo Courtesy Bob Thayer

Night sky photographer Bob Thayer will share his expertise in sessions at headquarters in Acadia National Park.

BAR HARBOR — The 6th annual Acadia Night Sky Festival presented by Celestron will be held Sept. 25-29.

Acadia National Park and Down East Maine are home to some of the most pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern U.S. The Acadia Night Sky Festival, geared to families and astronomers alike, is a great way for residents and visitors to celebrate and promote the protection of the night skies while enjoying nationally recognized speakers, solar viewing, star parties, workshops, hikes and more.

Events, which include lectures, movies and “star parties” at Seawall and Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, will be held in and around Acadia, Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor and Winter Harbor.

In addition, a bioluminescent night paddle will take place each evening in Castine.

The 2014 Acadia Night Sky Festival is presented by Celestron Telescopes, major sponsor Machias Savings Bank and the festival’s official travel sponsor, Hurley Travel. Additional support comes from Friends of Acadia, The Jackson Laboratory, Bluenose Inn, Oli’s Trolley, Bar Harbor Inn and the Bar Harbor Bed & Breakfast Association.

For the latest list of events, visit www.acadianightskyfestival.com. For travel information, visit www.barharborinfo.com.

Thursday, Sept. 25

Looking Beyond the Edges of Our Vision

3:30-5:30 p.m.

The Bluenose Inn, Great Room, 90 Eden Street, Bar Harbor

The Maine Center for Creativity will present a panel discussion “Conversation in Creativity” with leaders from The Jackson Laboratory and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing exploring how looking beyond the limits of human vision, both micro- and telescopically can fuel inspiration, creativity and innovation. Followed by a short cocktail reception. Reservations required, please RSVP to [email protected]

Keynote: Paul Bogard – ‘The End of Night’

7-8:30 p.m.

Mount Desert Island High School Auditorium, 1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor

In this talk based on his book, Paul Bogard seeks to restore our awareness of the spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.

Stars Over Sand Beach

8-9 p.m.

Acadia National Park, Sand Beach, Bar Harbor

Sit back and gaze at Acadia’s amazing night sky as a ranger of Acadia National Park takes you on a tour of the stars, recounting their stories and science. Weather-permitting. Free.

Friday, Sept. 26

German Star Workshop

9-10:30 a.m.

Agamont Park, corner of Main Street and Newport Drive, Bar Harbor

Learn how to make your very own 3-D paper stars for everything from earrings to ornaments from paper artist Sherry Rasmussen. Limited to 10. Suggested donation of $10 to support ANSF. Call 288-4229 for reservations.

Biology of Light Seminar

12-1 p.m.

LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Dr. Colleen McClung of the University of Pittsburgh will present research that explores the connections between circadian rhythms, mental health, mood and addiction. Learn how the cycle of day and night affect human mental health and how artificial light at night can influence behavior.

Tyler Nordgren, “Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in National Parks”

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor

Tyler Nordgren, a professor of physics and astronomy will offer a presentation highlighting national parks and their dark skies as unique resources and the inspiration for his work. A popular photographer, artist, author, advocate and scientist, Dr. Nordgren will be sharing his work with the night sky through the many different lenses through which he has come to know and celebrate it.

Tonight’s Sky: What to Look for at a Star Party

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Common Good Café, 566 Seawall Road, Southwest Harbor

Bert Probst, an Acadia Astronomy volunteer, will give an illustrated presentation introducing some of the deep sky objects that will be visible at tonight’s Seawall Star Party.

The café will be offering dinner for a suggested donation of $7/person, $12/couple, $15/family. Call 244-3007.

Astro-Landscape Photo Workshops with Brent L. Ander

6:15-9:15 p.m.

Rockefeller Hall, SERC, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor

A workshop in Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography and Light Painting for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you have the required equipment and understand what the requirements refer to, then this is the workshop for you. $45/person.

For reservations, call 288-1310.

Celestial Cinema

6:30-9 p.m.

Agamont Park, corner of Main Street and Newport Drive, Bar Harbor

Bring your family and spread out a blanket under the stars for the feature film, “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” (rated PG) with free popcorn provided by Camden National Bank. Weather-permitting.

Photography Workshop with Bob Thayer

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Acadia National Park Headquarters, 20 McFarland Hill Drive, Bar Harbor

Capture the night sky with local photographer and naturalist Bob Thayer. This workshop is intended for experienced digital photographers with their own equipment. Reservations are required. $45/person. Call 801-2566 ext. 802.

Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

6:30-9 p.m.

Bar Harbor Whale Watch, 1 West Street, Bar Harbor

Join Abbe Museum Educator George Neptune as he shares information and stories about the Passamaquoddy and their relationship with the stars as the boat cruises into Frenchman Bay. Limited to 125 passengers. $26 Adults, $20 Seniors (62 and older), $15 Juniors (14 and under). Call 288-2386 for reservations. Weather-permitting.

Acadia Sea Cliff Night Climb

7 p.m.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, 228 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Join Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School on a free night climb at Otter Cliff in Acadia National Park. The climb will be under the stars. No prior climbing experience is required. Call 866-7562 to register. Space is limited.

Star Party at Seawall

8-10 p.m.

Acadia National Park, Seawall Picnic Area, Route 102A, Southwest Harbor

Rangers, volunteers and local astronomers will point out constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, binoculars and through telescopes. Dress warmly and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision. Parking available at picnic area. Weather-permitting. No pets allowed.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Look at the Sun

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location TBD, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Join regional amateur astronomers and Acadia National Park Rangers for safe solar viewing through a variety of specially equipped telescopes. In the event of rain, demonstrations of safe solar viewing equipment and our magnetic sun will happen indoors.

Wild Sun: A Drama in Three Acts

2-3:30 p.m.

LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Award-winning instructor, Dr. Rich Wolfson, Professor of Physics at Middlebury College will present the inextricable connection between the sun and the earth. Presented by Lanpher Associates & Acadia Astronomical Society.

Film: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”

2-4:30 p.m.

Reel Pizza Cinerama, 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

A classic movie about a line worker who, after an encounter with U.F.O.’s, feels unexplainably drawn to an isolated wilderness where something spectacular unfolds.

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

4-5:30 p.m.

LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor

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. Presented by Hurley Travel Experts.

Astro-Landscape Photoworkshops with Brent L. Ande

6:15-9:15 p.m.

Rockefeller Hall, SERC, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor

See earlier listing above for details.

Photography Workshop with Bob Thayer

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Acadia National Park Headquarters, 20 McFarland Hill Drive, Bar Harbor

See earlier listing above for details.

Acadia Mountain Champlain Night Hike

7 p.m.

Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School, 228 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Join Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School on a free night hike up the Beachcroft Trail to the summit of Champlain Mountain. The hike will be under the stars and is intended for those with some hiking experience. Call 866 7562 to register. Space is limited.

Star Party on Cadillac

8-10 p.m.

Acadia National Park Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Route 3, Bar Harbor

Take the shuttle bus to the stars to join park rangers and local astronomers atop Cadillac Mountain as they point out constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. Park at Hulls Cove Visitor’s Center for the free shuttle service 7:30-10:30 p.m.; parking at summit restricted to handicap accessible only. Weather-permitting. No pets allowed.

Sunday, Sept. 28

Richard Grossinger: The Night Sky – Soul & Cosmos

12-1 p.m.

Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Richard Grossinger will be joining the Jesup Memorial Library to discuss his newly published book, “The Night Sky: Soul & Cosmos.” The book is the culmination of over 35 years of work.

Celebration of the Sun

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Acadia National Park, Sieur de Monts Nature Center, Bar Harbor

Join us for a solar celebration for the whole family. Learn about the sun from astronomy enthusiasts and observe features of our closest star through equipment specifically designed for safe solar viewing.

Why Is the Sky Dark at Night?

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Jon Thomas, an Acadia Astronomy Volunteer, will give an illustrated presentation that considers the basic question of why the night sky is dark. Olbers’ Paradox asks why, if stars are distributed throughout the vastness of space, the night sky doesn’t blaze as brightly as the Sun. The fact that it doesn’t is a paradox, or more specifically, a riddle. The solution may surprise you and reveals something extraordinary about the origin of our universe.

Film: “The City Dark”

2-3:30 p.m.

Reel Pizza Cinerama, 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor

This documentary by Maine film make Ian Cheney explores the many effects of the loss of dark night skies across the world, from Paris to Asia, featuring our very own Bar Harbor as a community working to preserve this resource.

The Europa Clipper concept

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Join Dr. Julie Rathbun, senior scientist with the Planetary Science Institute, as she presents the Europa Clipper concept: a fact-finding mission to explore the far off planet of Europa to determine its habitability.

Plutoids, Dwarf Planets and other Transneptunian Objects, Oh My!

3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.

Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor

Bob Reichman, an Acadia Astronomy Volunteer, will give an illustrated presentation about the minor planets of the outer Solar System. In July 2015, NASA’s New Horizon’s mission will arrive at Pluto, its moons and other Kuiper Belt targets beyond. Come learn about Eris, Pluto and the upcoming approach to these and other distant members of our solar family.

6:30-9 p.m. Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise

Bar Harbor Whale Watch, 1 West Street, Bar Harbor

See earlier listing above for details.

Monday, Sept. 29

5:55 a.m. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain

Cadillac Mountain Summit, Acadia National Park

Be one of the first people to witness the rising sun in America from your vantage point atop Cadillac Mountain this morning. There will be no formal program.

All festival Sept. 25-28

Build Your Own Ornament

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas Spirit Shop, 80 Main Street, Bar Harbor

Kids can build their own Christmas ornament.

Magic in the Air

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Moore Auditorium, SERC, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor

This exhibit of Jane Runyeon’s work continues her 20-year exploration of the theme of how art and science are interrelated. The works will focus on Ms. Runyeonʼs painterly abstractions of the night, with titles such as “Quasar ABC,” “Drakeʼs Equation” and “The Magic of the Night.”

Bioluminescent Night Paddle

7-9:30 p.m.

Castine Kayak, 17 Sea Street, Castine

A guided kayak tour in Maine’s own bioluminescent bay under a blanket of stars. $55. Call 866-3506 for reservations.

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