The Acadia Night Sky Festival is busy preparing for its 6th Annual event, September 25-29,2014. While putting together a festival schedule packed with nationally recognized speakers, star parties and fun for families and astronomers alike, they have also been looking for their 2014 festival poster artwork.

For the month of March, they launched a far-reaching search for images in collaboration with Birds Eye View Magazine, looking for the iconic image that would become the 2014 festival poster. Photographers and artists alike submitted their work and images showcasing the many and diverse ways that they were inspired by and captured the night skies over Acadia and Downeast Maine.

With such a tremendous response and the overwhelming flood of talent, it was difficult to choose just one image. One photograph in particular stuck out though, has become the new face of the 6th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival.

The Acadia Night Sky Festival and Birds Eye View Magazine are happy to announce the winning image: “Milky Way Over Sand Beach” by Nathan Levesque. Mr. Levesque captured a beautiful moment over Sand Beach of the Milky Way brilliant in the sky, shining so brightly that it reflects on the calm seas below it.

This image captures the true awe and wonder that our night skies offer, and illustrates beautifully the magnificence of what lay above us when we turn out the lights. Congratulations and thank you to Nathan Levesque, for providing this year’s festival with such an inspiring image for us to share with everyone.


The Acadia Night Sky Festival is a community celebration to promote the protection and enjoyment of Downeast Acadia’s stellar night sky as a valuable natural resource through education, science, and the arts.

Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Located in the communities surrounding Acadia National Park, the Acadia Night Sky Festival features many art, music, science, poetry, and stargazing events..

Here the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky, east of the Mississippi. As the rapid loss of dark skies to light pollution receives national recognition, Maine is increasingly referred to as some place “that still has stars.”

Discover Downeast Maine’s unique commitment to protecting the quality of its starlit nights. We invite you to help us enjoy and protect this inspiring resource for generations to come.


This festival wouldn’t be possible without the generous support and collaboration of our sponsors and the local community. Please take a moment to explore the scroll bar below, to get to know some of the great businesses and organizations that help the Acadia Night Sky Festival come to life year after year.

We would also like to thank Aysgarth Station, the Moorings Inn and Acadia Cottages, for offering free lodging to our volunteers that travel here to join us.