WINTER HARBOR, Maine — Acadia Night Sky Festival events will be held on the Schoodic Peninsula, home to some of the darkest skies in Maine. The Schoodic Education and Research Center Institute will participate in the festival and offer a series of events connected to the sky. All events are open to the public and all except the Celestial Dinner are free of charge. Call 207-288-1310 or visit sercinstitute.org for information.
* Sean Murphy will present Smaller Than Clouds, a live concert, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Moore Auditorium.
* Explore the night world with an easy one-mile hike at research center. Meet at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Moore Auditorium. Space is limited and reservations are required by calling 207-288-1310.
The center will offer a day of activities on Sunday, Sept. 16:
*1-4 p.m., Celebration of the Sun, Eliot Hall Courtyard.
* 2-4 p.m., Starlab Planetarium, Moore Auditorium. Learn about the night sky in a portable, inflatable planetarium. Limited to 30 people every 30 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
* 4:30-6:30 p.m., Celestial Supper, Schooner Commons Dining Hall. Reservations are required no later than 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, by calling 207-288-1310. The cost is $15, $7.50children 12 and under.
* 7-8:30 p.m., Night Sky Lecture, Moore Auditorium. Tom Calderwood, Acadia National Park’s astronomy volunteer, will present a selection of poetic thoughts about the cosmos, as drawn from Henry David Thoreau.
* 8:30-10 p.m., Star Party at Schoodic, location to be determined. View constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye and through binoculars and telescopes.
Gather to witness the daily ritual of nighttime starlight giving way to the sun and watch the sunrise from the rocks of Schoodic Point at 5:41 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17.
For information on the Acadia Night Sky Festival, visit acadianightskyfestival.com.