September 26, 2013

Festival at Acadia celebrates star-filled skies

The festival includes a 'star party' on top of Cadillac Mountain on Saturday night.

BAR HARBOR — The star-filled night skies at Maine's Acadia National Park are being celebrated.

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Star trails streak across the sky in a 75-minute time-exposure at Acadia National Park. The star-filled night skies are being celebrated during the fifth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival which began Thursday and runs through Sunday.

2006 Associated Press File Photo / Robert F. Bukaty

The fifth annual Acadia Night Sky Festival kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday. The festival is a community celebration to promote and protect Acadia's dark night skies.

The event features nearly 40 programs and events, including hikes, workshops, lectures, films, art exhibits and stargazing opportunities, including what's being billed as a "star party" on top of Cadillac Mountain on Saturday night.

The festival is organized by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and is a collaboration among a number of organizations, including the National Park Service.

More information is available at www.acadianightskyfestival.org.

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