Stargaze at PARI

Public invited to SkyTrek stargazing events

Join PARI astronomers the first and third weekends of every month as they gaze skyward and point out the prominent features of the night sky. Use PARI telescopes or bring your own. The night skies are constantly changing, so come often and bring the entire family.  Before our Saturday sessions, enjoy dinner a delicious buffet dinner at our new restaurant, Smiley’s!

Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. the day of the event. The cost is $15 per person (optional dinner not included in the event fee). Children 10 and under are admitted free. Register and pay using the website Event Calendar or call (828) 862-5554. If inclement weather prevents the outdoor observations, this program will be cancelled and registrants will be notified by 4 p.m. the day of the event. PARI will apply any payment toward another evening special program or provide a refund upon request.

15 Carat Emerald now on Display

One of NC’s largest faceted emeralds now on display

North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. where large gem-grade emeralds are found. The 15-carat faceted specimen currently on display in the PARI Exhibit Gallery is one of the largest ever cut.

The PARI collection also includes hundreds of other museum-grade specimens from North Carolina and other sites around the world.

The meteorite section of the Gallery includes a specimen from 1492 that is a piece of the very first meteorite documented to have fallen to earth. The Gallery includes meteorite specimens that have been gathered from around the world and includes pieces of Mars and the Earth’s Moon.

Located in the Cline Administration Building, the Exhibit Gallery is open 9-4 Monday through Saturday and is included as part of the campus general admission fee: $6 per person ($18 max per family), children 10 and under free.