Hundreds attracted to Bar Harbor’s Night Sky Festival

Posted Sept. 19, 2009, at 7 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:57 a.m.
Marc Fisher of Norridgewock adjusts the settings on one of his three telescopes that were set up near the town dock in Bar Harbor on Saturday. Fisher, who owns a private observatory, was one of many participants of the four-day Acadia Night Sky Festival, which began Thursday and runs through Monday. Buy Photo
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Marc Fisher of Norridgewock adjusts the settings on one of his three telescopes that were set up near the town dock in Bar Harbor on Saturday. Fisher, who owns a private observatory, was one of many participants of the four-day Acadia Night Sky Festival, which began Thursday and runs through Monday. Buy Photo

BAR HARBOR, Maine — The four-day Acadia Night Sky Festival in Bar Harbor continued Saturday with dozens of educational opportunities, displays and interactive events scattered throughout the coastal community.

The event, hosted by the Island Astronomy Institute, featured more than 40 unique events and attracted hundreds of visitors.

Marc Fisher, who recently built a private observatory at his home in Norridgework, was set up on a grassy area near the Bar Harbor town dock with three of his telescopes.

“This is just about bringing people together to look at the night sky, but it’s not just the night sky,” he said early Saturday afternoon. “There is plenty to see in the daylight too.”

Fisher had his scopes fixed on the sun, and with a filter, observers could see the glowing orb like never before.

Aside from a nod to the wonders of the sky above, the Acadia Night Sky Festival strives to advocate against light pollution, which hampers the ability to see, even with expensive telescopes.

“This happens to be a dark site,” Fisher said of Bar Harbor. “It’s relatively rural and there is nothing but fish to the east.”

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