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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. Costs are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and military personnel, and $10 for children under 14.

Upcoming Evening at PARI programs
Date Start Time End Time Title of Lecture Lecture Description

January 9, 2015

 7:00 PM

 9:30 PM

Black Holes and Wormholes

Discussion of detecting black holes and the science behind wormholes by Dr. Pam Khurana.

February 13, 2015

 7:00 PM

 9:30 PM

Space Law

 Presentation of the safety and security implications of private space law by Rebekah Rounds, J.D.

 March 13, 2015
 7:00 PM  9:30 PM Spring Skies
 Night sky presentations of the Constellations.
 April 10, 2015
  7:00 PM  9:30 PM Astronomy Inspired Music
 NC Science Festival Event. PARI will host a musical foray into astronomically inspired compositions.
 May 8, 2015
 7:00 PM  9:30 PM  Solar Astronomy
 Charlie Bates Solar Astronomy Project will present insights to our nearest star.

Each evening will consist of a short presentation covering relevant or current topics in astronomy, tour of PARI and 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
Directions Costs and Policies Reserve your seat today!

For further information you may call PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth at (828) 862-5554, or send an email to


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