Notices of upcoming Astronomical Events
THE SUMMER SOLSTICE
(June 6, 2017) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute point out that at 12:24 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 21 the Sun will be at its most northern point in the sky for the year. This is the summer solstice and marks the first moment of summer.
SMALLEST FULL MOON OF 2017
(May 30, 2017) – In view of all the recent hype over super moons, astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) point out that the upcoming June full moon will be the smallest of 2017, i.e., a mini-moon.
LYRID METEORS TO BE VISIBLE
(April 10, 2017) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) remind the public of the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower in April.
THE DATE OF EASTER
(April 5, 2017) – The first day of spring has always held great significance for calendar makers. In fact, until recent times, the year actually began, not on January 1, but on March 25, which was an approximation to the first day of spring. The vernal equinox historically has been used to determine the date of Easter. In simple terms Easter occurs on the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day of the vernal equinox. In 2017 the vernal equinox is on March 20 and the first full moon after that is on Tuesday, April 11. Thus, Easter this year is the next Sunday, April 16.
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.