A time exposure of activity atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park during a previous Acadia Night Sky Festival Star Party. ISLANDER PHOTO BY EARL BRECHLIN

Star Party on Cadillac

ACADIA NAT’L PARK — The Star Party on Cadillac Mountain will take place from 8-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, as part of the eighth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival.

See page 1 in section 2, and visit www.mdislander.com for details on four days of related astronomy and science events including boat tours, lectures, films and exhibits around Mount Desert Island and at Schoodic.

Access to the top of Cadillac Saturday will be by a free “Shuttle to the Stars” departing from Mount Desert Island High School on Route 233 (Eagle Lake Road). Participants are invited to drop in at any time during the program to visit with more than 50 volunteer astronomers who will describe constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, binoculars and telescopes. Participants are free to stroll the summit and spend as much time as they like at the star party. The best star viewing time will be after 9 p.m.

The road going up to Cadillac Mountain will be closed to all traffic (except those that need parking for persons with disabilities) at 6:45 p.m. so visitors must use the shuttle to attend the event. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the shuttle will run continuously between Mount Desert Island High School (located at 1081 Eagle Lake Road/Route 233) in Bar Harbor and Cadillac Mountain. The line for boarding the shuttle will form in the high school gym, and restrooms will be available.

The last shuttle will depart the school at 10 p.m., and the last return shuttle will depart Cadillac Mountain at 11:15 p.m. The Mount Desert Island Regional School System, Northeast Charter & Tour Co. and Oli’s Trolley have donated transportation services.

Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision. If available, visitors should use a red night vision flashlight or cover a standard flashlight with red plastic. The gift shop and restrooms at the top of Cadillac Mountain will be open during the event.

Pets and folding chairs are not allowed. Call 288-5103 to find out if this event has been cancelled due to weather.

Visit www.acadianightskyfestival.org.

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