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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, military personnel. Children aged 10 and under are free.

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

January 8, 2016

7:00 PM

9:30 PM

Events in the Skies of 2016

Description of the motions of the sun, moon, planets and other astronomical viewing events during the upcoming year.

February 12, 2016 7:00 PM 9:30 PM The Calendar and Leap Year
Dr. Bob Hayward describes the origin of the Gregorian calendar that we currently use, and the origin of the Leap Year.
March 11, 2016
7:00 PM 9:30 PM Celestial Navigation
Terry Jednaszewski will explain the practice of determining your position on the earth by looking at the sun and stars.
April 8, 2016
7:00 PM 9:30 PM The James Webb Space Telescope
Mike Mentzel will provide the details and development history of the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, as part of the NC Science Festival.

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
  • Lecture or workshop
  • Observing Session
  • Subscription to the PARI Newsletter

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 Visitor Services Sarah Chappell at (828) 862-5554, or send an email to


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