2014 FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

Please note that this schedule is not complete, check back often for updates and new event listings.

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All Festival

10:00am-5:00pm: Kids – Build Your Own Night Sky Family Ornament
Christmas Spirit Shop, 80 Main Street, Bar Harbor
Kids can build their own night sky family Christmas ornament.

7:00-9:30pm: Bioluminescent Night Paddle
Castine Kayak, 17 Sea Street, Castine
A guided kayak tour in Maine’s own bioluminescent bay under a blanket of stars—where the water will swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle. $55, call 207-866-3506 for reservations.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

3:30 – 5:30pm: Looking Beyond the Edges of Our Vision
The Bluenose Inn, Great Room, 90 Eden Street, Bar Harbor
Join the Maine Center for Creativity for a Conversations in Creativity, where they will present a panel discussion 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. This session is open to the public and will be followed by a short cocktail reception. Please RSVP to cynthia@mainecenterforcreativity.org.

Paul Bogard7:00-8:30pm: Keynote Presentation: Paul Bogard – ‘The End of Night’
Mount Desert Island High School Auditorium, 1081 Eagle Lake Road
A starry night is one of nature’s most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, most of us no longer experience true darkness. In this talk based on his book THE END OF NIGHT, 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. Using a blend of personal narrative, natural history, science, and astronomy, Bogard shares the importance of darkness–what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain–and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.

8:00-9:00pm: Stars Over Sand Beach
Sand Beach, Acadia National Park
Sit back and gaze at Acadia’s amazing night sky as a ranger of Acadia National Park takes you on a tour of the constellations and planets, recounting the stories and science of the stars. Weather-permitting.

Friday, September 26, 2014

9:00-10:30am: German Star Workshop
ART on West, 78 West Street, 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 10 people, suggested donation of $10 to support ANSF. To register, call 207-288-4229.

12:00pm-1:00pm: Biology of Light Seminar
LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor
Dr. Colleen McClung of the University of Pittsburgh will present on her 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.

5:30pm: Tyler Nordgren, “Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in National Parks”
Southwest Harbor Public Library, 338 Main Street, Southwest Harbor
Nordgren_imagesTyler Nordgren, a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Redlands, will be giving a talk on Friday, September 26 at 5:30 at the Southwest Harbor Public Library entitled “Stars Above, Earth Below: Astronomy in the National Parks” highlighting national parks as unique resource for U.S. residents, 60% of whom no longer live in a place where the Milky Way is faintly visible. He has been an Acadia Night Sky mainstay and his striking WPA-inspired illustrations and posters are a familiar site on Mount Desert Island and beyond. His book of the same name as his talk has become a popular science book, and his dedication to preserving the night sky is documented in books, articles, award-winning artwork and night sky photography. He was an astronomer at both  Lowell Observatory and the U.S. Naval Observatory, and was a past member of the Board of Directors for the International Dark-Sky Association.  His work also includes working with NASA scientists to design Mars sundials, or ?Marsdials? that were on board NASA?s Spirit and Opportunity rovers and currently on the newest rover, Curiosity, that continues to make ground-breaking discoveries on Mars. He is currently working on a book about solar eclipses for the upcoming August 2017 eclipse.

5:30-7:30pm: Tonight’s Sky: What to Look for at a Star Party
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. Come early for music and dinner, bone up on basic astronomy with Bert, and then head across the street to the Star Party. The café will be offering dinner for a suggested donation of $7/person, $12/couple, $15/family. For Café information, call 207-244-3007.

6:15pm-9:15pm: Astro-Landscape Photoworkshops with Brent L. Ander
Rockefeller Hall at SERC, Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, Maine
A Workshop in Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography and Light Painting for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you wish to learn how to successfully capture night images, have the required equipment and understand what the requirements refer to, then this is the workshop for you. $45/person – For reservations, call: 207-288-1310.

6:30-9:00pm: Celestial Cinema
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”, with free popcorn provided by Camden National Bank. Weather-permitting.

6:30-9:30pm: Photography Workshop with Bob Thayer
Photo Workshop solo manAcadia National Park Headquarter, 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 207-801-2566 ext. 12.

6:30-9:00pm: Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise
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 207-288-2386 for reservations. Weather-permitting

8:00-10:00pm: Star Party at Seawall
Seawall Picnic AreaAcadia National Park, 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.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

11:00am-1:00pm: Solar Viewing
Solar 3
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 discussions of the sun and solar scopes along with “Magnetic Sun” demonstration will happen indoors.

2:00pm-3:30pm: Dr. Rich Wolfson-Wild Sun:  A Drama in Three Acts
LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor
Rich WolfsonAward-winning instructor, Dr. Rich Wolfson, Professor of Physics at Middlebury College will present on the inextricable connection between the sun and the earth in his talk ‘Wild Sun: A Drama in Three Acts’. We think of the Sun as a steady, reliable star. But actually, our Sun is seething with activity and often undergoes violent outbursts, spewing trillions of tons of material into interplanetary space. If that stuff hits Earth, we can experience disruptions in communications and power systems, and even physical damage to power grids. Right now we’re just past the peak of the 11-year solar cycle, and solar activity continues at a high level. This talk will show how a new generation of Sun-observing spacecraft helps us monitor and even predict solar activity, and reveal a much more intimate connection between Sun and Earth than that provided by sunlight alone. The Sun isn’t alone in its activity; increasingly, nighttime astronomers observe “starspots” and “star cycles” on nearby stars—some of which exhibit much more dramatic activity than our own star.

2:00pm: Film – “Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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 will unfold.

4:00pm-5:30pm: Wally Funk: “My Life as a Mercury 13 Astronaut Candidate”
LCC Auditorium, The Jackson Laboratory, 600 Main Street, Bar Harbor
Wally1In 1962, thirteen female pilots passed the test to become astronauts but were never allowed to go to space. Wally Funk was one of those women and will join the Acadia Night Sky Festival to share her story and her inspirations as she keeps her dream of space travel alive. Presented by Hurley Travel Experts.

6:15pm-9:15pm: Astro-Landscape Photoworkshops with Brent L. Ander
Rockefeller Hall at SERC, Schoodic Point, Acadia National Park, Winter Harbor, Maine
A Workshop in Astro-Landscape Photography, Night Photography and Light Painting for the amateur to the professional photographer. If you wish to learn how to successfully capture night images, have the required equipment and understand what the requirements refer to, then this is the workshop for you. $45/person – For reservations, call: 207-288-1310.

6:30-9:30pm: Photography Workshop with Bob Thayer
Photo Workshop solo man2Acadia National Park Headquarter, 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 207-801-2566 ext. 12.

8:00-10:00pm: Star Party on Cadillac
Acadia National Park Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Route 3, Bar Harbor
Drop-in, as park rangers and local astronomers 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 7:30-10:30pm; parking at summit restricted to handicap accessible only. Weather-permitting.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Time TBD: Lori Tremblay, Artist on Astronomy and Science
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor
Description TBD

Time TBD: Dr. Julie Rathbun-A Spacecraft to Study an Ocean on Another World: The Europa Clipper concept
Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor
Rathbun_Julie-155x145Join Dr. Julie Rathbun, Senior Scientist with the Planetary Science Institute as she presents on the Europa Clipper concept. Europa is one of the 4 major Galilean satellites of Jupiter.  It’s about the size of the Earth’s moon and is covered in ice.  Data from the Galileo spacecraft provided strong evidence of a global ocean beneath Europa’s icy crust.  Liquid water, at Jupiter’s distance from the sun, would need an energy source to remain liquid.  We now know that this energy source is supplied by tidal forces, the same types of forces that make tides so spectacular at Acadia National Park.  When liquid water and energy are present, only organic chemicals are required for life to exist.  Observations of Europa’s surface have also revealed complex molecules.  While Galileo spacecraft data taught us much about Europa, it also left us with many questions: How thick is the icy shell?  Is there near-surface water trapped within the ice shell?  How active is Europa today?  What is the composition of the ocean?  In order to address these questions, a new mission to Europa has been proposed.  The Europa Clipper mission would explore Europa to investigate its habitability.

11:00am-2:00pm: Celebration of the Sun
Solar 2Sieur de Monts Nature CenterAcadia National Park
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.

2:30pm: Why Is the Sky Dark at Night?
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.

2:00pm: Film – “The City Dark
Reel Pizza Cinerama, 33 Kennebec Place, Bar Harbor
This documentary 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.

3:30pm: Plutoids, Dwarf Planets and other Transneptunian Objects, Oh My!
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.

6:30-9:00pm: Night Sky “Under the Stars” Boat Cruise
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 207-288-2386 for reservations.

Monday, September 29, 2014

sunrise

5:55am: Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain
Cadillac Mountain Summit, Acadia National Park
Be one of the first few people to witness the rising sun in America from your vantage point atop Cadillac Mountain this morning. There will be no formal program.