Evening at PARI: Guided Tour of the Galaxy

Learn what to observe, and where, in the summer night sky

Want to know where to look for planets, constellations and other night-sky features this summer? The public is invited to find out at PARI Friday, June 9. The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations with PARI telescopes.

“Early summer is an excellent time to view the Sagittarius/Scorpius region of the night sky,” said PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth. “During our presentation we’ll show you what to look for and where to find it. Our presentation will be inside, utilizing software to project night sky features and how to track them as they move through the summer months. This summer we’ll have Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury visible in our evening skies. Our guided tour will also include constellations and other interesting night-sky phenomena. Weather permitting, we’ll then move outside and point PARI telescopes at some of the more interesting features of the evening. If you have never seen our galaxy from a dark sky location like PARI, you’re in for a special treat. It’s truly spectacular. This program is suitable for all ages, so bring the entire family for a night under the stars at this historic former NASA facility.”

This program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the presentation, followed by a campus tour and a trip to the Exhibit Gallery. Weather permitting, the evening will also include a trip to the Nature Center where PARI astronomers and volunteers will use PARI’s telescopes to showcase planets, stars and more.

The event will take place regardless of the weather so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. the day of the event. Evening at PARI programs cost $20 per adult, $15 for students/seniors/military and $5 for children ages 6-11. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Register and pay using the PARI Event Calendar. For additional information contact Sarah Chappell at 828-862-5554 or schappell@nullpari.edu.

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