Acadia Night Sky Festival kicks off

Posted Sept. 22, 2011, at 5:16 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A celebration of eastern Maine’s stellar nighttime sky is kicking off on Mount Desert Island.

The third annual Acadia Night Sky Festival gets under way Thursday and continues until sunrise Monday. The festival includes entertainment, panel discussions, workshops, science programs and opportunities for star-gazing throughout Acadia National Park.

The event aims to promote the protection of the area’s night sky, which remains largely unobstructed by light pollution from the island’s towns.

The festival is put on by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Acadia National Park, Friends of Acadia, Schoodic Education and Research Center, College of the Atlantic and the Mount Desert Island Chamber of Commerce.

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