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Acadia Night Sky Festival

Night Sky “Under the Stars” boat cruise presented by the Abbe Museum and Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.

Dates: Sept 16 – 20th, 2020
Departs at 6:15PM (boarding begins at 5:30PM).
Trip time: 2.5 to 2.75 hours. Returns at 9:00PM.
Prices – All tickets $54

Join us 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. John Bear Mitchell, University of Maine professor of Wabanaki and Multicultural studies, will share Maine native stories about the relationship to and beliefs about the night sky. A BHWW naturalist will provide a short presentation on the “Celestial Navigation”. After these spoken presentations, we will cruise over the ocean 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.


  • Trips are weather dependent – please call after 3:00pm on the day of the tour to make sure the trip is still going out.
  • Please know these tours are popular and often sell out early. We limit the number of passengers to provide ample viewing. Please make your reservation as early as possible.
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