Acadia Night Sky Festival

The Acadia Night Sky Festival originated as a byproduct of the enthusiasm of the local community and government over the adoption of a local ordinance. In 2007, the Bar Harbor Conservation Commission (BHCC), held their biennial Conservation Summit; it was here that the need to preserve the night skies over Mount Desert Island and its surrounding communities as the darkest skies on the Eastern seaboard, was first brought to light. As a result, the BHCC proceeded to develop over the course of the following two years a local ordinance that required, ‘night sky friendly' outdoor lighting on all new construction in the Town of Bar Harbor, in an effort to prevent any further light pollution to our local skies. A great way to learn about the intriguing natural resource sometimes labeled black gold is through the Acadia Night Sky Festival, celebrated in mid-September each year since 2009. The 2016 Acadia Night Sky Festival is September 22-25, 2016.

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Walker Thomas
PO Box 158
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
United States
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