We're lucky here in Maine that in most parts of the state one can simply look up, and see the beauty of the cosmos. And arguably, the region of Acadia is one of the most amazing places to star-gaze. So it's only fitting that folks there have been celebrating the night sky with the Acadia Night Sky Festival for more than a decade.

And they're about to do it again.

Wednesday, September 29 kicks off the 12th Annual Acadia Night Sky Festival. And according to their website, Acadianightskyfestival.org, there are a number of different activities going on between the 29 and October 3, celebrating the skies above.

"With workshops, internationally recognized speakers and hands-on experiences, there truly is something for everyone from families to the serious amateur astronomer. Help us celebrate the starlit skies of Downeast Maine through education, science and the arts. Maine’s spectacular rocky coast is home to Acadia National Park, and some of the last pristine, star-filled night skies in the eastern United States. Here, the Milky Way shines bright in the largest expanse of naturally dark sky east of the Mississippi River."

There are activities ranging from lectures, to art projects, to moonlit paddles, to stargazing on Sand Beach. So there's really something for every age and activity level. Some activities are free, some cost money. You can find the details right online. Organizers recommend following the Acadia Night Sky Festival Facebook Page for updates on weather and possible cancellation of events (if the weather doesn't cooperate).

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In years past, organizers have been able to offer folks a chance to look at the night sky through some powerful telescopes, but Covid-19 has put an end to that, for the time being. Luckily, you don't need much more than the naked eye, and a clear night, to really take in the beauty of the stars, here in Maine. So get out and enjoy the night sky, before it gets too cold!

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