Scientists at PARI Photograph M82 Galaxy Supervova (SN2014J)
On Thursday evening, January 23, 2104 PARI astrophotographers Alex Armstrong and Ken Steiner photographed supernova SN2014J. The supernova was first observed on January 21, 2104 by students at the University College of London Observatory. This bright supernova is a magnitude 12 in the galaxy M82. The M82 galaxy is approximately 12 million light years from Earth. They used their Nikon D800 camera with a Tamron 200mm f/5 lens and no filter. A supernova is the explosion of a massive star which can sometimes outshine the nucleus of its host galaxy. The explosion is seen as a rapid brightening over a few days, fading over a period of a few weeks. Click PHOTOS to see pictures of the supernova and other objects.
Evening at PARI Presentation On The New Asheville Observatory
On Friday, January 10, 2014 the visitors to Evening at PARI heard from UNC Asheville Professor Dr. Brian Dennison about the new observatory being built on the UNC Asheville campus. Dr. Dennison led the team that recently commissioned the interferometer using PARI's two 26M Antennas. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from January's program. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from past Evening at PARI events.Click NEWS RELEASE to read about plans for the program. Click REGISTRATION to register for the January program and other upcoming Evening at PARI events.
PARI Welcomes Visitors to Our Campus
Each year, thousands of visitors come to PARI to experience science at PARI. Daily visitors take self-guided tours. PARI works with groups to arrange especially tailored visits to the PARI campus. Click 2013 VISITORS to see recent pictures of our visitors. Click PAST VISITORS to see pictures from previous years. Also, each Wednesday at 2:00 pm, PARI's volunteer docents lead guided tours of our campus and include an overview video and a walking tour of the main program and research areas of the PARI campus. Visitors are encouraged to bring cameras to take pictures. The PARI campus is handicapped accessible. Click WEDNESDAY TOUR PHOTOS to see pictures of visitors from our Wednesday tours since 2007. We also regularly host visiting groups of students and their teachers. Click STUDENT GROUP PHOTOS to pictures of these groups.
PARI Is Once Again Active At The AAS Meeting
PARI staff and the Don Cline Intern are attending the 223rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society Meeting in Washington DC the week of January 6-10, 2014. The Cline Intern, Cameron Lemley (Columbia University), presented a poster on the "Design of a 1420 MHz Receiver for a 12-meter Telescope." President Don Cline presented a poster entitled, "Survey, Fields, and Collections in the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive at PARI." Science Director Dr. Michael Castelaz presented a poster entitled, "A Long Term High-Cadence Nova Survey." Education Director Christi Whitworth is working on a NASA sponsored team and will be presenting as well. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from the Meeting.
PARI's 2013 Annual Report and the Winter 2014 VIEW Newsletter Now Available On-Line
The 2013 Annual Report is now available on-line by clicking Annual Report. The Winter 2014 newsletter, VIEW, is now available on-line by clicking VIEW NEWSLETTER. This issue contains many interesting articles about the activities at PARI, including: The staff at professional meetings, the 50th Anniversary Site celebration, Dr. Michael Castelaz' Research report and Dr. Bob Hayward's Astronomer's Corner article on upcoming astronomical events in 2014.
PARI Story Spreads on Social Media
Working with our friends from MCNC and led by communications professionals Noah Garrett and John Avant, the PARI story went viral on social media. Click PARI STORY to see the story as it ran on the NC STEM Learning Network Blog. The story also ran on the WRAL TechWire and several Facebook and Twitter accounts, including both MCNC's and PARI's. Special thanks go to PARI's Education Director Christi Whitworth for managing the PARI end. A second story entitled "Broadband helps NC reach for the stars through mountain institute," was published on WRAL TechWire on Monday, April 22nd. Click BROADBAND to read this story.
PARI Participates in Grassroots Science Retreat
PARI staff will participate in the upcoming NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative annual retreat January 27-28, 2014 in Greensboro, NC. Don Cline, Dave Clavier and Christi Whitworth will attend. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from previous RETREATS. The Collaborative represents 30 science organizations across North Carolina. The Collaborative museums, including PARI, serve 3.8 million visitors annually.
SciGirls Will Learn About Insulation
The January 28, 2014 SciGirls programs will feature a presentation on the effects of insulation on structures. Click NEWS RELEASE to read about plans for the January program. 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. Program details, specific hours and registration details can be found on the PARI website. Click REGISTER to sign up for an upcoming program. Join the PARI team and find new connections to science for year-round enjoyment and exploration. Find out more about the national programming for SciGirls at http://pbskids.org/scigirls/.
Recent Astrophotography Taken at PARI
PARI Distinguished Supporter Richard S. Wright, Jr. was on campus this October and captured some spectacular nighttime images. Click PHOTOS to see photographs taken by him during his visit. Richard, a frequent visitor to PARI, came to PARI to deliver recently acquired space shuttle artifacts from the Kennedy Space Center and to attend the October Evening at PARI program. Richard's photographs have been featured at PARI several times. One of his photos of Jo's Cove was used as the cover for the 2011 PARI Annual Report. You can see more of Richard's astro imaging at his website at www.eveningshow.com.
PARI featured in Everyone's Universe Book
PARI was listed in the recently published book, Everyone's Universe - A Guide to Accessible Astronomy Places. The book, by Noreen Grice, lists observatories that make viewing the sky accessible to everyone. Click PHOTOS to see the listing. PARI is proud to have been listed and to have recently hosted several groups including visitors with special needs.
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. On Saturday, February 26th several volunteers came to PARI to help lay new cables in the Cline Adminsitration Building and to construct a Wildlife Photography Blind. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from that Volunteer Day. Another example of a very important volunteer project is the PARI GALAXY WALK, which was recently refurbished. Also, the Friends of PARI are responsible for one of our very important optical telescopes called PARI SKY. To find our more about volunteering at PARI contact Friends of PARI President John Boehme at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Director of Education Christi Whitworth at email@example.com.
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.
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