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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 July 1 - July 31, 2015

PARI is CLOSED on Friday, July 3, and Independence Day Saturday, July 4, 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


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)

Spring 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


Special Evening Observation  at PARI.  In the early evening of June 30 the brightest planet of them all Venus will pass by the second brightest planet Jupiter in the evening twilight. At that time they will be separated by a mere 0.3 degrees, less than the diameter of the moon.

PARI will be open on Tuesday evening June 30th from 8:30 PM until 10:00 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 dusk. Click REGISTRATION to attend this special evening observation event.

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. The normal daily entry fee to PARI is $6 per person. Ages 10 and under are free.

Space Day

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Duke Talent Identification Program At PARI This Summer

Once again, PARI is hosting the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) this summer. After a very successful program, the thirty Duke TIP students are leaving PARI Sunday, June 28th after two weeks of intensive study of astronomy and astrophysics. Click PHOTOS to see pictures from the program. The program, which included students from around the country, was run by PARI's Director of Science Dr. Michael Castelaz and Director of Education Christi Whitworth. This was the fourteenth year that the program was hosted at PARI. Click PAST PROGRAMS to see pictures from previous TIP programs.

July 10, 2015 Evening at PARI Presents LF/RF Lightning Detection

The public is invited to a special presentation Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) concerning the remote sensing LF/RF Lightning Detector located on PARI's Campus. Our speaker, Jackson McCormick is with the Georgia Tech University, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. 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 July 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 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

July 2 - Midlands Astronomy Club. Columbia, SC

July 24 - Southern California Astronomy Expo in Oceanside, CA


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 Spring 2015 VIEW Newsletter is now Available On-Line

The Spring 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 Meteorite and Mineral Exhibit, PARI staff and volunteers, visiting college groups and Dr. Bob Hayward's Astronomer's Corner article on the Seasons.

2015 Spring image for newsletter


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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