Notices of upcoming Astronomical Events
THE VERNAL EQUINOX
(March 7, 2017) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute point out that at 6:29 a.m. EDT on Monday, March 20 the sun will cross the celestial equator in the sky heading north. This will be the first moment of spring.
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME BEGINS
(February 27, 2017) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) in Rosman remind the public that at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12 Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the United States begins and we set our clocks forward one hour.
PENUMBRAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON VISIBLE IN THE CAROLINAS
(January 16, 2017) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute announce that on Friday, February 10, there will be a penumbral eclipse of the Moon that is visible from western North Carolina.
VENUS, MARS AND MOON MEET IN THE EVENING SKY
(January 16, 2017) – Have you been watching Venus, our “Evening Star,” shining so brightly in the west after sunset? If so, you may also have noticed a much fainter red-colored “star” just above it and moving slowly towards Venus. This is Mars. These two fascinating planets have been moving in formation close to each other since the first of the year and are still getting even closer each night. They will remain like this until early March when Venus suddenly dives into the evening twilight.
QUADRANTID METEOR SHOWER IN 2017
(December 20, 2016) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) alert the public to the Quadrantid Meteor Shower in early January.
EARTH CLOSEST TO THE SUN IN JANUARY
(December 20, 2016) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute announce that at 9:18 a.m. EST on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, the Earth, in its annual orbit around the Sun will be at it closest point to the Sun. Astronomers call this point perihelion.