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MAIER Family Partnership event at the Emera Astronomy Center

February 22, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


photo of the solar system from spaceInterested in astronomy and outer space?
Join the MAIER Family Partnership to explore the cosmos together!

MAIER is offering this FREE event especially for older children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum and their siblings, parents and/or caregivers. We will be offering two planetarium shows, one best suited for grade school children, and a second show best suited for teens and adults. This event is not recommended for very young children.

Please note that the planetarium is dimly lit and will be *very dark* during the show. Attendees must be able to remain seated for your safety. However, the sound will be a bit lower and there will be assistance available should you or your child need to leave during the show. We will have a comfort space available in the Center if needed.

Space is limited for this event and registration is required. Register online here or contact Donna at MAIER: or 581-2468. Note: When registering, you will be asked to choose which show your family desires to attend. Registration will close when all seats have been filled. Attendees are expected to arrive in time to be seated by showtime.

1 pm Show: Polaris: The Space Submarine and the Mystery of Polar Night: Best suited for grade school students. As of 1/31/2020 all seats for this show have been assigned. If you wish to be placed on a waiting list if there are cancellations, contact Donna at MAIER ( or 207-581-2468)
A traveling penguin from the South Pole and a funny polar bear from the North pole meet on arctic sea ice.  They become friends observing the night sky together and wondering why night is so long at the poles of the Earth. This mystery leads them on a scientific adventure by building an improvised spaceship to travel around the Earth to learn about seasons, visit Mars and Saturn to learn about ice in the solar system and how planets have similarities and differences which make them unique.

2:30 pm Show: To Space and Back: Best suited for teens and adults. Seating still available!
Space exploration, our greatest adventure, is having a big impact on our lives. It is helping us to discover a universe of unimaginable scale and beauty, and it is reaching down into our world and influencing the way we live. To Space & Back takes audiences on an incredible journey from the far reaches of our known universe to our own planet. It is an extraordinary story of human ingenuity and incredible engineering, describing how the technology that transports us through space is paving the way for the devices and apps we use every day. What is happening above is coming back down to Earth!

Be sure to register to attend!   Register online here



February 22, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Maine Autism Institute for Education and Research
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Emera Astronomy Center
167 Rangley Rd
Orono, 04469 United States
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