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We propose the construction of a multi-level astronomy center on the 235-foot summit of Eagle Hill on Dyer Neck, the only inhabited peninsula summit on the eastern Maine coast. Its upper level will have a flat roof, from which one will have a 360° view of the horizon, down over the tallest trees of the heavily forested peninsula, and south over the Gulf of Maine. It will be almost invisible above the tree-line from the very few distant vantage points from which one can see Eagle Hill. It will be located within 1,500 feet of the shore of Dyer Bay within a 150-acre nature reserve. Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge will be to the immediate east and Schoodic Point of Acadia National Park will be to the immediate west.

This places the Center within the last dark sky region of the eastern American seaboard. From the upper level, one will have a magnificent 360-degree unobstructed dark sky view of the Milky Way. To the North, one will have a chance to see the Aurora Borealis when solar wind conditions are right. One will be able to watch the risings and settings of our Sun and Moon and the rotations of the constellations and how they rise and set over the horizons over the course of a year.

Because of the grandeur of the view it will provide, the Center will serve as a powerful teaching facility for naked eye observations. Lower levels of the Center will offer complementary classroom and independent study spaces.

The Astronomy Resource Center is planned as an integral part of the campus of the Institute. It will provide logistical support for the Center.

Inquiries are welcome.

January 20th, 2023 update ... Our detailed summary of plans for the Astronomy Center and the astronomy programs at Eagle Hill is being regulary edited as we incorporate comments and suggestions from others.

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