Tenth Annual Stars Over Katahdin Event Returns October 14th

Patten, ME – Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Stars Over Katahdin, presented by Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters on Saturday, October 14th. The event celebrates the darkest skies east of the Mississippi River with opportunities to explore the night sky guided by expert astronomers, state-of-the-art telescopes, and National Park Service Night Sky Rangers. With activities running from 12pm until 10pm at Taylor’s Katahdin View Camps, attendees will also have the chance to view a partial solar eclipse and participate in campfire chats.

“For ten years, some of those before the monument was established, volunteers and community members have been highlighting these exceptional dark skies at the Stars Over Katahdin event,” said Kala Rush, Education Director. “Thanks to our community and this event, we now have an International attraction that uplifts a local wonder and every year brings people to the Katahdin Region.”

The free event is made possible by Friends of Katahdin Woods & Waters (FKWW) and its sponsors, including Richardson’s Hardware and Maine Beer Company. FKWW is an official philanthropic partner to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. In 2020, the Monument was designated an International Dark Sky Sanctuary, only the second such designation within the National Park Service and the first in Maine and New England.

Food will be available for purchase on site from Oak Creek Smokery, and camping is available for a $10 cash fee paid upon arrival.  Taylor’s Katahdin View Camps is located at the start of Swift Brook Road in Stacyville, Maine.

A view of the Milky Way above a mountain. People in the foreground are looking at telescopes.
Photo credit John Meader
A group of poeople sitting in camp chairs around a campfire and woman speaking.
Campfire chats. Photo credit John Meader