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LYRID METEORS TO BE VISIBLE
(March 25, 2015) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) remind the public of the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower in April.
ASTRONOMY-INSPIRED MUSIC PRESENTATION AT PARI
(March 23, 2015) – The public is invited to join PARI astronomers for an evening of astronomy-inspired music Friday, April 10 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes.
CAROLINIANS CAN VIEW THE BEGINNING OF A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE MOON
(March 11, 2015) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute announce that on the morning of April 4, weather permitting, viewers in the Carolinas will be able to view the initial partial phase of a total eclipse of the Moon.
THE DATE OF EASTER
(March 11, 2015) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute point out that at 6:45 p.m. EDT on Friday, March 20 the sun, in its annual path around the sky, crosses the celestial equator on its way north for the spring. Of course, we realize it is not really the sun that is moving but rather the earth as it orbits the sun each year. But from our vantage point on the earth it appears to us that the sun is moving along a path through the zodiac constellations. This path, called the ecliptic, crosses the celestial equator at two points on opposite sides of the sky. The point at which the Sun crosses heading north for the spring is called the spring or vernal equinox.
 

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