Stars Over Katahdin

Stars Over Katahdin is our annual celebration of the unparalleled night skies of the Katahdin region.  This year’s events are presented in partnership with Dark Sky Maine.

Saturday, September 17th
taylor’s katahdin view camps, stacyville
Thank you to all who joined us!


virtual stars over katahdin
thursday, september 22nd
register for the webinar now


Know before you go:

Stars Over Katahdin is back for its ninth year! We hope to see you in person this year at Taylor’s Katahdin View Campground on September 17th for an afternoon and evening filled with wonder and discovery about our night skies. 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Friday, September 16 (or sooner if capacity is reached).

Cell service is unreliable. Please print directions before you leave and plan accordingly.

Overnight accomodations at Taylor’s Cabins and Campground is currently FULL – however, space is still available nearby:

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Pine Grove Campground
Katahdin Valley Motel

A “snack shack” will be onsite selling packaged items and drinks throughout the afternoon. Proceeds benefit athletics and outdoor programs in local schools!

A food truck serving up BBQ and tacos will be on site from approximately 4-6 p.m. on Saturday.

For more local dining and lodging options, check out the Katahdin Chamber of Commerce visitor’s guide.

Do bring: CASH for snacks/dinner or picnic lunch and dinner, warm layers, a camp chair or blanket, a red flashlight (we will have red cellophane for white lights!), binoculars, a water bottle, snacks, and good shoes.

Please do NOT bring: Dogs, alcohol

We will update this page and email registered participants if there are any updates including cancelations due to rain.

Event Schedule:

1pm-4pm Solar Viewing – Look through a solar telescope to safely view the sun. These will be set up all day- come and go as you please.

1pm-4pm Family Nature Hike – Short, easy walk to explore the natural history of Katahdin Woods and Waters. 1.66 mi. Limit to 12 people.

1pm Telescope Tutorial – Learn to set up and use a telescope so you can do it on your own. We’ll point it on Katahdin to get a close up.

2pm DIY Stomp Rocket – Create a stomp rocket and see how high you can fly.

3pm Model Solar System – Learn about the planets and be amazed how big our solar system is when you set up this scale model.

4pm James Webb Space Telescope Lecture and Discussion – Director of the Versant Astronomy Center, Shawn Laatsch, will explain the significance of the Webb Space Telescope.

4pm Stars Sing Along – Sing and clap with us during this joyful astronomy themed sing along.

6:30pm Campfire Chat – Sit around a campfire and listen to stories from astronomers and dark sky enthusiasts.

7:30pm-10pm Star Party – The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Telescopes will be set up for you to view stars, constellations and planets. Expert astronomers will help guide you as you explore the night sky.

The following week, we will bring the night skies to you–wherever you are–with our third Virtual Stars Over Katahdin webinar presentation including a guided tour of the night sky, tips to reduce light pollution, and more.

The virtual event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You will receive a Zoom link via email after registering.

To learn more about stargazing at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, visit the National Park Service stargazing page or check out our Dark Sky Guide.

Thank you to our 2022 co-presenter dark sky maine!

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors! CLICK HERE or email SARAH@FRIENDSOFKWW.ORG to join them