Stars Over Katahdin is our annual celebration of the unparalleled night skies of the Katahdin region. Typically,  Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters gathers Volunteers In Parks (VIPs) astronomers and star enthusiasts for campfire chats about the dark skies and observation of the stunning celestial objects above the Loop Road Overlook at Mile 6.4. In 2021, Friends and Dark Sky Maine invite you to celebrate again with an interactive Zoom webinar that brings the campfire chats and the monument’s dark skies to members, supporters, and dark sky enthusiasts to your home wherever you are.

Stars Over Katahdin 2021

Thursday, October 14th
6:30 to 8:00 PM EDT
Zoom webinar
RSVP here today!


A Tour of the October Night Sky with John Meader, Owner, Northern Stars Planetarium and Volunteer, Dark Sky Maine
Follow along on your screen to learn about the constellations and celestial bodies above Maine this time of year. John will share tips for getting outside on your own and enjoying the scene from wherever you are!

The Globe at Night with Jason Gablaski, Ranger, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
Ranger Gablaski will introduce us to a global community science campaign to observe and record the faintest stars visible as a way to measure light pollution. Learn how the lights in your community contribute to light pollution. Kids can even complete an activity at home to earn the Junior Ranger Night Explorer patch.

Maine Woods Creatures of the Dark with Serena Sanborn, Education and Outreach Manager, Waterville Creates & Maine Master Naturalist
Whoo can you see (and hear) at night? Learn about the special adaptations of nocturnal animals in our region and how they depend on dark for survival.

Telling Time with the Moon with Elise Goplerud, Program Associate, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters
Did you know that you can use the moon’s position in the sky to tell time? Our own Katahdin Learning Project’s Elise will show you how. Get ready to impress your friends.

Making a Difference for Dark Skies with Nancy Hathaway, President, Dark Sky Maine
Dark Sky Maine, a 501c3 nonprofit, promotes an appreciation of the night sky through education and by supporting measures that use appropriate lighting to provide security on the ground while maintaining dark skies overhead. Learn how you can make a difference for dark skies at home and in your community.

This eighth annual event is the second Stars Over Katahdin since the designation of Katahdin Woods & Waters as the first International Dark Sky Sanctuary on the eastern seaboard.  This designation, announced by the International Dark-Sky Association in May, recognizes the unusually dark nature of the skies above the Monument, which measure a 2 on the Bortle Scale. According to this measure, only places as remote as Antarctica have darker skies. In celebration of this honor, Friends released the second edition of our Dark Sky Guide to help visitors enjoy a trip to stargaze and appreciate the uniquely dark skies in the Katahdin region.

EVEnt made possible with generous support from our 2021 sponsor!

with thanks also to our community partner!