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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 14, 2014 - April 18, 2014

Weekly Guided Tours every Wednesday at 2:00 pm

See Live Pictures of PARI Campus on PARI WEB CAMERA


SciGirls - Next session Tuesday, April 29, 2014 6-8 PM

Live Streaming Seismometer Data

Winter 2014 VIEW  Newsletter Available On-Line

Duke TIP Field Study Posters available

PARI is a Member of the NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative

PARI 2013 Annual Report On-Line

Click NEWS ABOUT PARI to read recently published articles

2013 PARI Summer Student Research Proceedings

Public/Volunteer Events Calendar

PARI Facebook Page

PARI Twitter Feed

PARI to Live Stream Images of the Total Lunar Eclipse

As PARI has done in the past, we will be streaming live images of the April 15, 2014 lunar eclipse taken from our 16 inch DFM telescope. You can access the images live  on the website by clicking ECLIPSE. You may also see images from previous eclipses by clicking PICTURES. You may read about this exciting celestial event by clicking NEWS RELEASE.

Statesville High School Class of 1956 Visits PARI

Members of the Class of 1956 from Statesville High School and their families joined fellow Alum Don Cline for a very special STAR PARTY on Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 at PARI. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from their visit. They heard a presentation by Director of Education Christi Whitworth on the "Effects of Living in Space." The skies cooperated with beautiful nighttime viewing. Don Cline gave an overview of PARI and our APDA program. Science Director Dr. Michael Castelaz gave them a demonstration of Smiley. They toured APDA. And they toured the rest of the site, including the Parks Observation Deck and the newly constructed hiking trails from Jo's Cove.

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.

Effect of Living in Space Discussed at April Evening at PARI

On Friday, April 11, 2014 the visitors to Evening at PARI heard a presentation by PARI's Director of Education about the "Effects of Living in Space". In addition to our regular visitors the Statesville High School Class of 1956 Alumni joined the audience. The night sky was beautiful and there were excellent observations of the stars. This program was one part of PARI's two week participation in the statewide program, NC Science Festival. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from April's program. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from past Evening at PARI events.Click REGISTRATION to register for the May program and other upcoming Evening at PARI events.

World Renowned Astronomer Visits PARI

On Thursday March 27, 2014 noted astronomer Jay Pasachoff, along with his wife, Naomi, and friends Ira and Violette Blumenthal visited PARI as guests of President Don Cline. Jay is the world's most distinguished researcher of solar eclipses and has observed 58 eclipses of the sun during his career. He is the Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass and chair of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Eclipses. While at PARI, Jay gave a talk on, "Observing Total Solar Eclipses." Jay was in North Carolina to give a lecture at GTCC as part of the North Carolina Science Festival. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from their visit.

PARI Holds Another Successful Homeschool Day

PARI staff once again conducted a successful Homeschool Day at PARI program on Friday, March 14, 2014. Students and their parents learned about the Solar Systeem. Classes were led by Dr. Bob Hayward, Ben Goldsmith and Mark Krochmal. Click HOMESCHOOL PHOTOS to see photographs from the day's activities.

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.

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

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

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 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

Our 2013 Annual Report is now available to be downloaded (pdf). PARI's Winter 2014 newsletter can be found at: Winter VIEW Newsletter (pdf). The 2013 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.


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