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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 June 1- June 30, 2015

PARI is CLOSED on Independence Day, July 4, 2015

Weekly Guided Tours every Wednesday at 2:00 pm

See Live Pictures of PARI Campus on PARI WEB CAMERA


Live Streaming Seismometer Data

REGISTER  For Evening At PARI June 12, 2015, 7 PM

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

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

Winter 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

PARI is Now Open on Saturday

PARI's public hours have changed to Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM.  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.

Space Day


State Sales Tax on Entry Fee for Visitors at PARI- Beginning May 3, 2015

The North Carolina State Legislature has recently passed a law which will require PARI to collect North Carolina State Sales Tax on Entry Fees to PARI. This 6.75% tax will apply to all on campus activities. It will be included directly into the entry fees except for our StarLab planetarium presentations.

June 12, 2015 Evening at PARI Presents Summer Skies

The public is invited to a special presentation Friday, June 12, 2015 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) concerning Summer Skies. Our speaker will discuss the constellations, stars and planets visible in the night skies. Weather permitting, outdoor observations will occur at the PARI Nature Center, using the PARI public viewing telescopes. Click PAST PROGRAM PHOTOS to see pictures from past Evening at PARI events. Click REGISTRATION to attend the June or future Evening at PARI events.



Astronomy Night at the Cradle with PARI

A new partnership established between Pisgah Field School and PARI to bring observing sessions to Pisgah National Forest this Summer. Preregistration is required. Please call Adam DeWitte  828-884-5713 x224 or Stephanie Adams 828-884-5713 x225.  Enjoy a night of star gazing at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site June 5, and July 31.  Visit for more information.

Meet PARI Staff at Local Events

May 28 - Raleigh Astronomy Club Meeting at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC

June 5 - Astronomy night at the Cradle, Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah Forest, NC


Christi Whitworth Has Received the Women Who Make a Difference Award

The Brevard Branch of the American Association of University Women has recognized Christi's efforts to promote and increase the awareness of young girls toward STEM programs. The most recent and significant STEM programs have been SciGirls, which is run with the local 4H in Brevard, and 3D Planets, wihch is run at PARI through a grant from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

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 2014 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.

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 Winter 2015 VIEW Newsletter is now Available On-Line

The Winter 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 many interesting articles about the activities at PARI, including: The Friends of PARI Symposium, Dr. Michael Castelaz' Research report and Dr. Bob Hayward's Astronomer's Corner article on Comet Research.

2015 Winter newsletter cover


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 Winter 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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