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PARI To Offer Night Observations Jan. 20-21 – Rosman NC


January 12, 2017

The public is invited to join PARI astronomers for two more winter night sky viewing opportunities, Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. The events are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on the PARI campus. Reservations are required and can be made at For more information contact, Sarah Chappell at (828) 862-5554 or [email protected]

PARI will continue its series of January night sky observing opportunities with two more sessions this month, Jan. 20 and Jan. 21. The public is invited visit the historic former NASA campus and use PARI telescopes as astronomers point out objects of interest.

"The planets Uranus, Venus and Mars will be the featured attractions during our last two January observation sessions," said Christi Whitworth, PARI's director of Learning Experiences. "Visitors should plan to be on campus around 6 p.m. and we'll have viewing opportunities available until 8 p.m. If you bring your own binoculars or telescopes PARI astronomers and volunteers will be on hand to help spot night-sky objects.

"Of course, we'll have PARI telescopes and expert operators if you just want to show up and enjoy what promises to be spectacular viewing through the crisp, clear winter skies."

Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. The cost is $15 per person. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Register and pay online at or call (828) 862-5554. If inclement weather prevents the outdoor observations, the program will be cancelled and registrants will be notified by 4 p.m. the day of the event. If the Friday event is postponed, any payments can be applied to the Saturday event. If Saturday viewing is cancelled, credit can be applied to an evening special program later in the year. PARI can also provide a refund upon request.

For additional information, contact Sarah Chappell at [email protected]

About PARI

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest, the 200-acre campus is the former site of an historic NASA satellite tracking station. Today, PARI is a science education and research center. The site houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments and the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive. Exhibit galleries display NASA Space Shuttle artifacts and collections of rare meteorites and minerals. PARI provides STEM educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit


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