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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, 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 April 10, 2015, 7 PM

REGISTER for Homeschool Day on April 23, 2014 at 10 AM

   REGISTER for SciGirls on April 28, 2015 at 6 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

April 10, 2015 Evening at PARI Presents Astronomy Inspired Music

The public is invited to a special presentation Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) concerning Astronomy inspired music. Weather permitting, outdoor observations will occur at the PARI Nature Center. Click PAST PROGRAM PHOTOS to see pictures from past Evening at PARI events. Click REGISTRATION to attend the February or future Evening at PARI events.


PARI Schedules Homeschool Day for April 23, 2015

Students and their parents will learn about Topic to be Determined. Classes will be held between 10 AM - 2 PM. Pack a lunch and JOIN US. Registration is $20 per child. Click HOMESCHOOL PHOTOS to see photographs from the day's activities.

Meet PARI Staff at Local Events

April 1 - STEM Fair at Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC

April 11 - Mountain Science Expo at NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC   

April 19 - Earth Day Celebration at Brevard College in Brevard, NC


North Carolina Star Party at PARI; part of NC Science Festival

On Friday, April 24 PARI celebrates the NC Star Party with over 42 other institutions across the state.  PARI's campus will be open 7-9 PM.  Guests will visit PARI's Nature Center with its outdoor planetarium. Solar system activities will be shared until it gets dark.  Observations with PARI's optical telescopes will begin at dusk.

SciGirls Will Learn About Light Pollution- April 28, 2015

April 28, 2015 SciGirls will learn about light pollution and its effects on animals and astronomical observations. This session will take place at PARI. 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 2, 2015 Space Day Open House

The public is invited to a Space Day Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). PARI campus will be open from 10 AM - 4 PM. PARI will have presentations from UNC-Charlotte microbiologists on detecting extra-terrestrial life. PARI will be hosting a preview of a new North Carolina gem and mineral exhibit in the museum space of the Cline Administration Building.

Space Day


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 7% tax will apply to all on campus activities. It will be included directly into the entry fees except for our StarLab planetarium presentations.

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

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.


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Phone:(828) 862-5554


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