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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 April 1 - April 30, 2016

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

Weekly Guided Tours every Wednesday at 2 PM, and Saturday at 10 AM, 11 AM and 2 PM

See Live Pictures of PARI Campus on PARI WEB CAMERA


 PARI is looking for a Part-Time Science Educator - Click here for more details

   RESERVE your spot for the May 13, 2016 Evening At PARI

PARI Wish List - Opportunities to support the mission of PARI

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

PARI 2015 Annual Report On-Line (Low Res)

The Winter 2016 VIEW Newsletter is now Available On-Line

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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Gazers of the Galaxy with PARI; at the Historic Cradle of Forestry

Mark your calendar dates for May through July. PARI staff will be assisting the Pisgah Field School, welcoming you and your family to a star gazing evening at the Cradle of Forestry. The first event is Saturday, May 21, followed by Saturday, June 11 and Friday, July 29. The programs will run from 7:30 PM-10 PM. Observations with PARI's optical telescopes will examine the moon, planets and night sky objects, after the sky is dark. Additional information can be found at the Cradle of Forestry or the Pisgah Field School.


ATS-6 Satellite now on display at PARI

Previous PARI Executive Director Ken Steiner returned from Washington DC with a new addition to the PARI Exhibit Gallery. This ATS-6 satellite had been in storage with the Smithsonion Institution. The Rosman Tracking and Research Station communicated with the ATS satellites to conduct tests and establish the viability of data transmission through clouds and heavy rain. This fine example of 1960's satellite construction can now be seen at PARI. For a directed tour and more detailed explanation of this satellite, sign up for our guided tour at 2 PM every Wednesday and Saturday at 10 AM, 11 AM and 2 PM

SciGirls - The students will conduct Solar Observations on April 26, 2016

This session will train the girls on how to safely observe the sun, our closest star. This session will take place at the Cline Administration Building on the PARI campus, from 6-8 PM. 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

May 7, 2016  Space Day Open House

The public is invited to Space Day, Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). The PARI campus will be open from 10 AM - 4 PM. There is no fee for General Admission to the PARI Campus. There are separate fees for optional events and separate fees for food and beverages. PARI will be hosting the North Carolina Mineral Exhibit along with an extensive display of Meteorites in the museum space of the Cline Administration Building.

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PARI Announces Special Observation Session May 9, 2016 - Transit of Mercury

Mark your calendar for this date and come join the PARI Staff at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard. The Library is located at 212 South Gaston Street, Brevard, NC 28712.  We will set up telescopes and observe the sun as the planet Mercury crosses in front of it. This Astronomical Event will be observed between the hours of 7 AM and 3 PM. Come by and join us throughout the day, to watch the smallest planet in the Solar System cross in front of our closest star.


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Evening at PARI May 13, Summer Skies

On Friday, May 13 PARI will host a Staff presentation of the Spring Skies. This discussion will cover the parade of planets Mars and Saturn, as they make their way from the morning to the evening skies, as well as the most prominent constellations. PARI's campus will be open 6-9:30 PM. The talk will begin at 7 PM, and will be followed by a tour of the minerals and exhibits in the Cline Administration Building. If the skies are clear, guests will visit PARI's Sky Deck with its outdoor planetarium. Observations with PARI's optical telescopes will begin at dusk. RESERVE your place for this Special Lecture and Viewing Event.

Meet PARI Staff at Local Events

April 30, NCSLA, Raleigh, NC

May 2, SciGirls leadership Training, Museum of Discovery, Little Rock, AR

May 2, Southern Appalachian Mineral Society, 7:00 PM, NC Meteorites, Where they Fell and How to Find them, Tuton Hall Community Center, Deerfield Retirement Community, Asheville, NC

may 6-8, Georgia Mineral Society, 48th Annual Gem & Mineral Show, Cobb Civic Center

May 16-20, 3D Planets, Port Discovery, Elizabeth City, NC

May 31-June 4, SEPA, Montgomery AL

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.

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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.


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PARI's 2015 Annual Report is now Available On-Line

The 2015 Annual Report is now available on-line now. This document is available as a pdf file for reading online and for printing at your computer.

The Winter 2016 VIEW Newsletter is now Available On-Line

The Winter 2016 newsletter, VIEW, is now available.  It is available in for reading online and printing at your computer.  This issue introduces Steve Saucier, PARI's new Executive Director. It also contains interesting articles about the new activities and exhibits to see, information on current research at PARI, and Dr. Bob Hayward's Astronomer's Corner discusses our calendar and the importance of good time keeping.



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  ( or our Volunteer Coordinator, Sarah Chappell (828-862-5554 or

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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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

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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