Acadia Night Sky Festival

Friday, September 22nd

2:30pm “Autumn Night Sky Highlights: A Baker’s Dozen Spectacular Objects” with Richard Luecke

Take an image-enhanced visit to 13 amazing objects: double stars and star clusters, glowing nebulae, ghostly remnants of dead suns, distant galaxies, and ringed Saturn. Learn what science tells us about these distant objects. Free.


3:30pm “Why is the Sky Dark at Night?” with Jon Thomas

 During the day and at night we are bombarded by light from stars throughout the universe. So why isn’t the night sky as brilliant as the sun? This talk explores the development of ancient and modern concepts of the cosmos. Free.


Saturday, September 23rd

9:00 – 10:00am Create the Night Sky with ArtwavesMDI

Toddlers to tweens can create their own star book with wax resist. A wax coating is used to block out areas of ink or paint. All equipment supplied. Fun for all! 
$10 per person, $16 for two. Register at


10:30am Rock Stars of the Milky Way with the Barn Arts Collective 

A family friendly play created by artistic directors Andrew Simon and Brittany Parker specifically for the Acadia Night Sky Festival. Free


 All Programs will be at the YWCA, 36 Mount Desert Street, Bar Harbor