Star light, star bright: The Island Astronomy Institute, in Bernard, on Mount Desert Island, plans to launch the Maine Starlight Festival, Sept. 23-Oct. 2, 2011. This follows on the heels of the Acadia Night Sky Festival, Sept. 9-13, 2011.
“We’ve reached out to the astronomy community across the state to invite them to participate by providing their own events to this major expansion of our Starlit Communities Project” says Peter W. Lord, executive director of the Island Astronomy Institute. The festival will feature lectures, movies, solar viewings, star parties, and artistic works capturing the inspiration of Maine’s night skies.
Maine has more high quality star-filled skies than any state east of the Mississippi, according to Lord. A key festival goal is to inform communities across the state regarding the recent advances in effective management of visible sky glow/light pollution. “Our goal is to provide the best possible information to communities so that they can make informed decisions about the future quality of Maine’s beautiful night skies,” he says.