In honor of the International Year of Astronomy, Acadia National Park will host two special series of night sky programs during the remainder of the summer. They're part of an impressive lineup of interpretive activities at Acadia this year.
The biweekly Stars Over Sand Beach programs are scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during July and August to help visitors discover the wonders of Acadia’s night sky. The programs will begin at 9:30 pm in July and 9 pm in August, and last for about 90 minutes.
To participate, meet a ranger at the Sand Beach Parking Area in the park, dress warmly and bring a flashlight and binoculars. On cloudy nights, rangers will present a short program on stargazing. Sand Beach is south of Bar Harbor, via the one-way Park Loop Road. Maps and driving directions to the park are available on the park website.
On Saturday and Sunday evenings from August 8 through August 30, "Night Sky Scoping" programs will provide visitors the opportunity to take a closer look at faint stars, the moon, or distant galaxies during a telescope viewing session. Reservations for these programs may be made no more than three days in advance at Hulls Cove Visitor Center or by calling 207-288-8832.
These are but two of an impressive offering of ranger-guided activities in the park this summer, including walks, campfire programs, hikes, and boat cruises. You can find the schedule of activities for a specific day on the park website.
The park newspaper, the Beaver Log, contains a wealth of information to help you plan a visit to Acadia.