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- GIRLS AGES 9-14 INVITED TO SCIGIRLS PEDAL POWER PROGRAM
- (April 14, 2014) – Area girls ages 9-14 are invited to a SciGirls program Tuesday, April 29, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the PARI campus. Co-hosted with the Transylvania County 4-H, this month’s activity is “Pedal Power.”
- TRAVELERS TO ANTARCTICA MAY OBSERVE A 49-SECOND ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
- (April 2, 2014) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute announce that on Tuesday, April 29, observers in a tiny part of Antarctica will have the opportunity to observe a rare annular solar eclipse. Unfortunately, however, this interesting phase of the eclipse will appear for only 49 seconds!
- LYRID METEORS TO BE VISIBLE AFTER MOONSET
- (March 25, 2014) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) remind the public of the annual Lyrid Meteor Shower in April.
- THE DATE OF EASTER
- (March 26, 2014) – Astronomers at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute point out that at 12:57 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 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.