The Friends of Fort Knox will be staffing the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Friday and Saturday evenings, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, from 8 until 10 p.m. (last ticket sold at 9:30 p.m.), to offer visitors an opportunity to view the area in the moonlight. This will be the only time this season that the observatory will be open during a full moon, and those interested in this unique experience are encouraged to take advantage of it. Admission to the moonlight viewing in the observatory is $5 per person and tickets may be purchased the evening of the event (clouds or rain will result in cancellation).

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory, located at the Fort Knox State Historic site, is the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world. Visitors board an elevator for a quick trip up 420 feet above the Penobscot River and U.S. Route 1 for extended views of Waldo and Hancock counties and the Penobscot Bay area.

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory is owned and managed by the Maine Department of Transportation for the people of Maine. The Friends of Fort Knox provides staffing for the observatory under a separate contract with the Maine Department of Transportation.

Individuals interested in other special events at Fort Knox and the observatory may check the Friends’ website at