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Bob Duchesne’s Wild Maine: Acadia Night Sky Festival [AUDIO]

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The Acadia Night Sky Festival is coming up at the end of the month, Sept. 26-30. Today’s show is going to be way over your head.

Part 1: The skies above Acadia are some of the darkest on the Eastern Seaboard, making them some of the best places to enjoy the stars. Jennfier Wright at the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce talks about the origins of the Acadia Night Sky Festival.

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Part 2: Dwight Lanpher of the Penobscot Valley Stargazers talks about the role amateur astronomers will play in next weekend’s festival. And, he answers the obvious question: What if it’s cloudy?

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Part 3: Headlights are non grata at the festival because they tend to ruin the night vision of the visiting stargazers. But if you’re going ot bring a flashlight, Lanpher tells you which kind is best.

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Part 4: Scott Burgess of the Penobscot Valley Stargazers talks about his organization, and what you need to get started in stargazing.

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Part 5: If you don’t want to wait for the Acadia festival, you can look at the stars any time. Alan Davenport is in charge of the Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium at the University of Maine. He explains what the facility does and what shows are coming up in the next few weeks.

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