We went from Back-to-the-Land to Out-Into-Space as we arrived in Acadia National Park in time to hear Dava Sobel give the keynote address for the Acadia Night Sky Festival. Sobel is author of Longtitude, The Planets, Galileo’s Daughter, A More Perfect Heaven, and her newest book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars.
Though not formally trained in the sciences, her curiosity about the universe led her to score an interview with Carl Sagan. Her ability to convey scientific concepts in easily understandable ways so impressed Sagan that he hired her to be part of the team that produced Cosmos. She has since been recognized for her “outstanding contribution toward public understanding of science, appreciation of its fascination, and the vital role it plays in all our lives.”
We decided to attend at least one seminar/event each day, and today it was “Exploring Jupiter.” Daniel Krysak was the presenter, a young man (30ish) who’s had a passion for the planets from the age of three. The company he works for designs and makes cameras for interplanetary exploration, and he is personally involved in the missions to both Jupiter and Mars. If you’re interested, check out this website on the Juno project.
We also were able to reconnect with friends Doug and Mary after a 10+ year hiatus. They introduced us to Mainely Meat – some of the best barbeque I’ve ever had (and that’s saying a lot, coming from a North Carolina girl!)
A visit to the Wendell Gilley Museum in Southwest Harbor gave us a birds-eye view of this local artist, who took woodcarving to an outstanding level.
We especially enjoyed the woodcuts of guest artist Andrea Rich.