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Welcome to PARI

Where Science Excites the Imagination. PARI is a Public Not-For-Profit Foundation which relies on generous contributions from our FRIENDS to support our mission.

What's New at PARI September 1 - October 30, 2015

Smiley's software has been updated. Please use the new URL: for your bookmark

Weekly Guided Tours every Wednesday at 2:00 pm

See Live Pictures of PARI Campus on PARI WEB CAMERA


REGISTER for September 27 Total Lunar Eclipse 8 PM until midnight

REGISTER for SciGirls on September 29, 2015

REGISTER for DXpedition October 9-11, 2015

RESERVE your spot at Evening at PARI - October 9, 2015

RESERVE your spot for Homeschool Day November 19, 2015

PARI Wish List - Opportunities to support the mission of PARI

READ Dr. Bob's recently published Mountain Skies articles for the Transylvania Times

PARI 2014 Annual Report On-Line (High Res), (Low Res)

Fall 2015 VIEW Newsletter Available On-Line (High Res), (Low Res)

2014 Duke TIP Field Study Posters available

PARI is a Member of the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative

2014 PARI Summer Student Research Proceedings

Public/Volunteer Events Calendar

PARI Facebook Page

PARI Twitter Feed

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Jo Cline Memorial Fund

The Jo Cline Memorial Fund has been established at Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) to honor Jo Cline, First Lady of PARI. This fund is in honor of Jo who made immeasurable contributions to PARI's mission of educational outreach to young people. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to PARI, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, NC 28772. Please designate your donation to the Jo Cline Memorial Fund.

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Memorial Fund


Special Evening Observation at PARI.  On the night of September 27,  the Moon will experience a Total Lunar Eclipse. PARI astronomers will be available from 8 PM until midnight to assist viewing this celestial display.

PARI will be open on Sunday evening September 27 at 8 PM for evening observations of this event. The cost for this event will be $15 per person. Children aged 10 and under are free. The public is invited to be on site for astronomical observations with the PARI public telescopes. Guests will visit PARI's Nature Center with its outdoor planetarium. The evening activities will begin with a tour of the Cline Administration Building, which includes the new gem, mineral, and meteorite exhibit. Observations with PARI's optical telescopes will begin at 9 PM. Click REGISTRATION to attend this special evening observation event.

SciGirls Will Learn About Reaction Times - September 29, 2015

September 29, 2015 SciGirls will learn about reaction times in humans. This session will take place at the 4-H office in Brevard. SciGirls events are for girls ages 9-14 and are scheduled the last Tuesday of each month during the school year. The participation fee is $10 per student. Click REGISTER to sign up for an upcoming program. Find out more about the national programming for SciGirls at

Meet PARI Staff at Local Events

September 25-27 Hiddenite Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show and Dig, Hiddenite Education Center, Hiddenite, NC.

October 3, WNC Kidz Expo, US Cellular Center, Asheville NC.

October 2 & 3, North Carolina Astronomers Meeting, Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown NC.

October 11, Asheville Outlets Fall Outdoor Activity Expo, Asheville Outlet Mall, Asheville, NC.

October 9, 2015 Evening at PARI - Fall Skies presentation

The public is invited to Evening at PARI Friday, October 9, 2015, 7-9 PM, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). PARI astronomers share the stories and locations of the constellation visible during October. Weather permitting, outdoor observations will occur at the PARI Nature Center, using the PARI public viewing telescopes. Click REGISTRATION to attend the October or future Evening at PARI events.


PARI Schedules Homeschool Day for November 19, 2015

Students and their parents will learn about what is a planet. Classes will be held between 10 AM - 2 PM. Pack a lunch and JOIN US. Registration is $20 per child. Click HOMESCHOOL PHOTOS to see photographs from the day's activities.

PARI Welcomes Visitors to Our Campus - Daily visitors take self-guided tours. PARI hosts a new North Carolina Meteorite and Mineral exhibit in the museum space of the Cline Administration Building. There are also walking trails and the Galaxy Walk to explore across the 200 acre campus.  Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras. All PARI Buildings are wheelchair accessible.

Groups & Fees: The normal daily entry fee to PARI is $6 per person. Ages 10 and under are free. We host visiting groups of students and their teachers. PARI works with groups to arrange tailored visits to the PARI campus. Groups are requested to contact Sarah Chappell (828-862-5554 or to arrange their visit.

Hours:  PARI's hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM.  Guided tours are available each Wednesday at 2 PM, and 10 & 11 AM, and 2 PM each Saturday.

Space Day

Pets at PARI

Pets are subject to the following restrictions on the PARI Campus:

  1. Pets are not allowed in the Buildings.
  2. Pets must be on a 6' or shorter leash, and must be with someone at all times or be kept in a vehicle.
  3. Owner must clean up after their pet.



Friends of PARI

Friends of PARI, the group of donors and volunteers supporting the mission and programs of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), will host its annual meeting on the PARI campus Friday, September 11. Tax deductible contributions can be sent to PARI, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, NC 28772. Click LEVELS to review the different levels of support as a Friend of PARI.


Friends of PARI

2014 Annual report cover

PARI's 2014 Annual Report is now Available On-Line

The 2014 Annual Report is now available on-line now. It is available in Low resolution for reading online and High resolution for downloading and printing at your computer.

The Fall 2015 VIEW Newsletter is now Available On-Line

The Fall 2015 newsletter, VIEW, is now available.  It is available in Low resolution for reading online and High resolution for downloading and printing at your computer.  This issue contains interesting articles about the activities at PARI, including: Honoring PARI staff and volunteers, the 14th year of Duke TIP, the PARI Wish List, and Dr. Bob Hayward's Astronomer's Corner article on Meteor Showers.



Links for Observers

International Dark Sky Association   We recommend the Dark Sky Finder tool.

Volunteers Make PARI Work to Accomplish our Mission

PARI is fortunate to have a number of dedicated volunteers who help with many important tasks at PARI. To find our more about volunteering at PARI contact Friends of PARI President Alex Alexander at or our Director of Education Christi Whitworth at

Photos of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

Located on the site of the former NASA Rosman Tracking Station in the Pisgah National Forest, PARI offers an unparalleled opportunity for people of all ages to experience the wonders of scientific research first hand. Click PHOTOS to see pictures of PARI taken at various times throughout the year.

We Want To Hear from You

We would like to know what you think about our web site. Click SURVEY to take a very short on-line survey to give us your opinion about the site.

Recent Publications

The 2014 Annual Report is now available on-line now. It is available in Low resolution for reading online and High resolution for downloading and printing at your computer. The Fall 2015 newsletter, VIEW, is now available. It is available in Low resolution for reading online and High resolution for downloading and printing at your computer. The 2014 PARI Summer Student Research Proceedings (pdf) are now available on-line.

PARI is a public not-for-profit foundation dedicated to providing hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.


1 PARI Drive ~ Rosman, NC 28772-9614

Phone:(828) 862-5554


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