Acadia Night Sky Festival - Night Sky Under the Stars Boat Cruise
Join us September 20, 22 & 23 on the 130’ jet -powered catamaran Atlanticat for a night-time boat cruise. As the sun sets we will travel out among the islands of the bay and along the shores of what the Wabanaki Indians called “Pesamkuk” (MDI). From using constellations in navigation and storytelling, to the supernatural healing powers of the elusive Star People, the Wabanaki have worked with the stars for over 12,000 years. Abbe Museum Educator George Neptune will share stories about the Passamaquoddy relationship and beliefs about the starry night sky. Local and BHWW naturalist Zack Klyver will provide a short presentation on the “Celestial Navigation”. After these spoken presentations, we will cruise over the ocean and looking up at the darkening night sky while listening to a selection of enjoyable celestial themed music pieces including the theme to Superman, ET, Bolero by Ravel and Star Wars by John Williams. We then turn our attention to the night sky from the top and bow of the boat with local expert naturalist and amateur astronomer Lynn Havsall. We will learn stories behind the constellations and many wonderful facts about the amazing universe we live in. Lynn will use a laser pointer to call out and describe constellations, planets, stars, and distant galaxies. Lynn’s presentation is an annual hit with everyone onboard.