Sky Watching/Astronomy

In September of 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving from Montreal, Canada to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the way home from their belated honeymoon. While driving through the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the couple experienced an extraterrestrial phenomenon that would launch them into the international spotlight and help shape the dialogue around future…

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The woods of central Maine remain a popular destination for active adventurers. Here, with Baxter State Park and Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, looming over the surrounding communities, you’d expect that outdoor knowledge is part of everyone’s upbringing. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, especially in Piscataquis County where access to the…

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In the 1880s, Edward Charles Pickering, co-founder and the first president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, made enormous contributions to the field of astrophotography. As director of the Harvard College Observatory, he sought to understand the night sky by calculating the positions of the stars. However, his work would not have been made possible without…

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Adhering to physical distancing and stay-at-home advisories means we’ve hopefully all postponed the weekend day hikes along a popular route or even the afternoon escapes to crowded local parks, farms, and nature preserves. While we know we’re doing the right thing and that this quarantine won’t last forever, we still sometimes feel cooped up and…

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The return of AMC’s photo contest to the pages of our magazine is such a welcome sight during this in-between season of ice and mud. Not that joy isn’t present in either element, but it’s nice to be warmed by the views, the stories, the adventures, and the humanity that this event—and these nature photos—calls…

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I remember how I used to look at the woods at night. You see them in every horror movie, right before you lose cell signal, and there’s nowhere to go in the sudden snowstorm except for the creepy cabin at the dead end of the gravel road. I lived in that cabin—briefly. On Camel’s Hump…

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This year, think big: When it comes to outdoor-inspired New Year’s resolutions, there are countless possibilities. Here are a few worthy quests and—should you choose to tackle them­—top spots across the Northeast where you might begin your journey.   I. START A NATURE JOURNAL It’s difficult to think back to a good hike or a…

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For millennia, birds have migrated lengthy distances, guided by the moon and stars. But as dark skies dwindle around the globe, scientists wonder how light pollution affects this natural phenomenon. One unlikely light source provided a unique research opportunity. For one night a year—September 11, in the midst of warblers’ and small passerines’ migration—two beams…

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We started looking for a moose as soon as we arrived in the Maine Woods. Around each bend in the road, across every marsh or pond, we expected to see the gangly outline of the state’s most iconic mammal. So on our last evening, while walking a waterfront path below AMC’s newly rebuilt Medawisla Lodge…

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Years ago, in response to a visitor’s question, “How far can you see from here?” a Lakes of the Clouds Hut croo member was heard to reply, “If you look at the sun, you can see 93 million miles.” All kidding aside, today’s AMC croo members are shining sources of information on celestial bodies, as…

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