Upcoming Programs

Mountain and Stars Program

During summer 2019, AMC, in partnership with Carthage College, Dartmouth College, Smith College, and Stony Brook University will host 8 Astronomy Guides; with 2 based at Joe Dodge Lodge, 2 at Highland Center,2 at Medawisla, and 2 based at Highland who will deliver programs at AMC’s Huts and in Franconia Notch State Park. AMC and partners will ensure astronomy program delivery by training its staff and volunteers to engage the public in solar observation, night sky viewing, dark sky awareness, and more. Programs will be available on an intensive basis throughout the summer with special events and lectures offered throughout the remainder of the year.

Stay connected with us at facebook.com/amccarthageastronomy.com and mountainofstars.org.

Fee based family programs will be held at Highland, Joe Dodge, and Cardigan Lodges: Each family program at AMC this summer will include a component of astronomy program led by AMC Staff or volunteers. These programs will be age appropriate, and range from outdoor stargazing, to indoor planetarium viewing, and other activities such as building a model solar system and building mini-planetariums.

Complimentary Lodge Presentations:

Highland Center February 16, March 9, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 11, August 31
Joe Dodge Dates: February 20, March 16, April 27, June 1, July 6, August 17

Dr. Douglas Arion, Director of the Carthage Institute of Astronomy, will give a presentation on the intricate and fascinating connections between life on Earth and the history and phenomena of the Universe around us. Learn about the amazing sequence of events that led to the formation of the solar system and the Earth, and how we have come to understand what we are and why we are here. Following the presentation, weather permitting, there will be observing through telescopes.

Free, Daily Walk-on Day and Evening Programs:

Highland Center and Pinkham Notch Visitor Center: Astronomy Guides and AMC staff/volunteers will deliver astronomy programs daily, June 1-August 18. Weather permitting; our Astronomy Guides will have telescopes out on the Highland Center lawn or Pinkham courtyard, offering a closer look and expert insight on objects in space. Topics range from sunspots and solar flares to moon phases, constellation identification and more. They’ll also provide information and opportunities to observe special astronomical events such as meteor showers, planet viewing, eclipses and comets. When weather doesn’t allow for direct viewing, astronomy programming will be held indoors in a table talk format, with topics including dark sky conservation, constellation identification, and more. All programs are tailored to that day’s audience, so that all ages will find something interesting to learn.

Ongoing at the Huts, June-1- August 18: As part of the ongoing series of educational programs offered by the AMC Hut Naturalists, astronomy talks and observing will be offered throughout the summer. Astronomy Guides will rotate through the hut system offering daytime and evening astronomy programs to hut guests on topics such as direct viewing, sunspots and solar flares, dark sky conservation, and constellation identification. The guides will also support hut crew education efforts on dark sky conservation and telescope viewing opportunities.. Telescopes are available at each hut for daytime (solar) and nighttime viewing opportunities.

Late August – late October: Fall opportunities for educational programs continue in the late season at all huts. Fall hut staff will be trained on telescope use as the opportunities for direct viewing increase with the shortening of day length.

November- April: all AMC caretakers at backcountry huts will be trained on telescope viewing, constellation identification, and dark sky conservation. Informal programs are offered weather permitting.

Maine Woods Lodges: Astronomy Guides will deliver astronomy programs June 1-August 18. Weather permitting; our Astronomy Guides will have telescopes out at Medawisla Lodge, offering a closer look and expert insight on objects in space. Topics range from sunspots and solar flares to moon phases, constellation identification and more. They’ll also focus on astronomical events such as meteor showers, planet viewing, eclipses and comets. When weather doesn’t allow for direct viewing, astronomy programming will be held indoors in a table talk format, with topics including dark sky conservation, constellation identification, and more. All programs are tailored to that day’s audience, so that all ages will find something interesting to learn.

Franconia Notch State Park: Astronomy Guide teams will deliver astronomy outreach programming periodically – June 9-August 17, weather permitting. Our Guides will set up telescopes and offer a closer look and expert insight on sunspots and solar flares. All programs are tailored to that day’s audience, so that all ages will find something interesting to learn.

2019 Celestial Events at AMC Highland Center:

Perseid Meteor Showers: On August 11, part of the predicted “peak” of this meteor shower, AMC will host a meteor shower viewing party at Highland Center. The evening will start with a BBQ dinner (available for purchase) at Highland Center, followed by an evening of learning and observing about the skies above and this amazing phenomenon.

AMC Highland Center polar star trails by James Lowenthal

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