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Evenings at PARI

Each Month PARI welcomes visitors to our campus for Evenings at PARI. The programs, which are held the second Friday of each month, feature tours, lectures and nighttime observations.

The public is invited to visit PARI for an introduction to PARI and its mission. The program includes a tour, lecture on a current astronomy topic and outdoor observing session.

Evenings at PARI are held the second Friday of each month

Reservations are required, with bookings taking place until 3pm the day of the event.

Upcoming Evening at PARI programs
Date Start Time End Time Title of Lecture Lecture Description
May 9, 2014
 7:00 PM  9:30 PM  Planets in the Night Sky
Dr. Bob Hayward shares the planets in the current night sky with visitors by describing the motions of these objects around the Sun.  May is a great month for observing Mars and Saturn while also catching glimpses of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus.
June 13, 2014
 7:00 PM  9:30 PM  Celebrate the Full Moon
PARI staff will share science, stories, myths and misconceptions about Earth's only satellite in celebration of the Full Moon outside. 
 July 11, 2014
 7:00 PM
 9:30 PM
Rosman Tracking Station and the Apollo
 PARI staff will share the 1960s and 70s history of the Rosman Tracking Station and its role in the Apollo missions.

Each evening will consist of a short presentation covering relevant or current topics in astronomy, tour of PARIand an observing session with PARI telescopes. The talk will be followed by about half an hour's worth of optical or radio observing before the evening ends.

Included in the program:

  • Site Tour of PARI
  • Astronomy Lecture
  • Observing Session
  • A photo with the PARI Telescopes
  • Subscription to the PARI Newsletter
  • 10% Discount on PARI merchandise

Typical Schedule of Events
Activity Time (Start) Time (End)
PARI Video 7:00 PM 7:15 PM
Program 7:15 PM 8:00 PM
PARI Tour 8:15 PM 9:00 PM
Observing Session (weather permitting) 9:00 PM 9:30 PM
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For further information you may call PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth at (828) 862-5554, or send an email to


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