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August 2017 Maine Science Festival partner events

Science doesn’t stop in Maine: MSF partners help us keep the focus on science year-round. See what’s happening near you this month and remember that #scienceiseverywhere.


Shows throughout Maine this month!

August 2, 9:45pm: Engineering A Better World Show, Denmark Public Library, Denmark.

2:00pm: Hands-on Energy Related Activity Booth, Maine Lobster Festival, Rockland.

August 4, 10:30am: Ramp it Up! Energy Show, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.

August 5, 1:00pm: Fire and Ice Show, Riverwalk Festival, Newport.

August 9, 1:30pm: Engineering A Better World Show, Brown Memorial Library, Clinton.

August 10, 4:00pm: Ramp it Up! Energy Show, Topsham Fair, Topsham.

August 12, 11:00am: Engineering A Better World Show, Rockland Public Library, Rockland.

August 13, 1:30pm: Fire and Ice Show, Topsham Fair, Topsham.

Shows are for ages 4 and up. All shows are free, but Topsham Fair requires admission to the Fair.


August 21 – Eclipse Day

10:00 am – Totality – Explore the Wonders of Eclipses

11:00 am – Totality – Explore the Wonders of Eclipses

1:00 – 5:00 pm – FREE Solar Eclipse Viewing at the planetarium (Weather Permitting)

Regular public programs are available on Friday evenings at 7pm (Totality – Explore the Wonders of Eclipses) Sunday afternoons at 2pm (Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night).

Totality – Explore the Wonders of Eclipses. Explore the incredible phenomena of Eclipses, both Lunar and Solar. How and why do they occur? What can we observe and learn from these spectacular displays of nature? Take a look at how eclipses helped prove the theory of general relativity and look forward to upcoming eclipses learning where to see them. From spectacular space environments to the very human experiences that happen when you are caught in the shadow of the Moon and the Sun is plunged into a total solar eclipse, this program will help you understand these fascinating events. Take a special look at the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and future ones visible here in Maine. The program includes a tour of the night sky as viewed from Maine!

Polaris: Mystery of the Polar Night. A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice. They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have similarities and differences which make them unique. The program includes a tour of the night sky as viewed from Maine!

Tickets for planetarium programs are $6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Veterans/Senior Citizens, and $4 for children under 12. More information and tickets:

Emera Astronomy Center, 167 Rangeley Road, University of Maine


August 1, 4:00pm: Celebrate environmental stewardship with U.S. Senator George Mitchell. Please join us for a public presentation and outdoor reception at Rockefeller Hall.

August 3, 7:00 – 8:00pm: Justin Becknell, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College presents Reforestation and the Resilience of Tropical Forests. Wright Hall, Room 110.

August 4, 7:00 – 10:00pm: Artist Reception: Celebrate the opening night of Christopher S. Tietjen’s, The Acadia Series: 2014-2017 exhibition. Moore Auditorium.

August 8, 7:00 – 8:00pm: Zara Dowling, presents Acadia and Points South: Migratory Bats along Eastern Seaboard. Moore Auditorium

August 17, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00pm: Brown Bag: Find Your Creative Voice with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry. Moore Auditorium

7:00 – 8:00pm: Loren McClenachan, Colby College presents Turning Back the Clock on Ocean Declines: Using Historical Ecology in Maine Conservation. Moore Auditorium

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park, Acadia Drive, Winter Harbor



Now Open: Real Pirates, a National Geographic Exhibition. Learn the real story of Pirates. Their code of conduct, their lives at sea and their stories. The exhibit features the worlds only authenticated pirate ship. The Whydah sank 300-years-ago, off the coast of Cape Cod, carrying treasure from over 50 ships. 150 artifacts are on display.

AGES: Good for all ages, although this is focused more for teens to seniors

7 days per week. $15.50 – $19.50. Group rates are also available.

Portland Science Center, 68 Commercial Street, Maine Wharf, Portland (1 pier over from Casco Bay Lines)


August 2, 2:30-5:30pm: Bigelow Laboratory Tour. Enjoy a 90-minute walking tour of Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences’ new Ocean Science & Education campus in East Boothbay, including a general overview of the organization plus in-depth looks at several of the individual scientists’ work. Registration & networking begins at 2:30 p.m.; tour begins at 3:00 p.m. Open to all.

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, 60 Bigelow Dr, East Boothbay


August 2, 7:00 -8:00pm: Genetic Tails: Dr. Adam Boyko: Evolution of the Domestic Dog. Dr. Boyko is an assistant professor at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. His research focuses on genomic investigation of dogs as a model of genetic disease and evolutionary genetics.

Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mt Desert Street, Bar Harbor


August 16, 5:30pm: Lecture, the Great American Eclipse of 2017. FREE Solar Eclipse glasses for attendees. Join Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center and President of the International Planetarium Society, Inc. for a special presentation about the Great American Eclipse of 2017. Total Solar Eclipses are one of the most spectacular events in all of nature which humans have observed for millennia. Explore how eclipses take place, the different types of eclipses viewable from Earth, how to view the upcoming eclipse safely, and share the latest eclipse science. Along the way Laatsch will look at cultural views of eclipses and share his experiences of viewing total eclipses during his career in astronomy education. Take a look at future opportunities to view solar and lunar eclipses here in Maine and beyond! View the eclipse safely – FREE Solar Eclipse glasses for attendees.

August 21, 1:00 – 4:00pm: FREE solar eclipse viewing, in partnership with Emera Astronomy Center. From Orono the eclipse begins at 1:31 pm and finishes at 3:55 pm, with maximum eclipse at 2:46 pm when 54.27% of the Sun will be covered by the Moon. A variety of telescopes with solar filters will be used to share the solar eclipse with the general public. A limited supply of FREE eclipse glasses will be available to participants as well. At Emera Astronomy Center’s Clark Observatory (located behind the planetarium), University of Maine, Orono.

Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St, Bangor

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