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PARI Program To Focus On Galaxies, Nebulae, Night Skies – Rosman NC


PARI Manager of IT Support Mark Krochmal will discuss Messier Objects during an Evening at PARI presentation Friday, Dec. 13, at PARI. Messier Objects are galaxies, nebulae and other celestial objects that can be observed with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope. The public is invited. Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. For more information, visit or call (828) 862-5554.

The pubic is invited to a program about Messier Objects at PARI Friday, Dec. 13. The program is part of the Evening at PARI series and will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations using PARI's telescopes.

"Messier Objects are galaxies, nebulae and other such night-sky phenomena that are observable with the naked eye, binoculars or small telescopes," said Mark Krochmal, PARI's manager of IT support and the program presenter. "They are named for French astronomer Charles Messier, who was a comet hunter and so frustrated by objects that resembled comets he compiled a list of them.

"During our Evening at PARI we will explain the best methods for viewing the various types of Messier Objects. Messier began his list in the late 18th century, so these were the earliest deep-sky objects ever discovered and listed. It was important that their locations were recorded on sky maps for other astronomers who were also hunting comets. For most of us, though, they are simply wondrous sights, and a lot of fun to discover."

The Evening at PARI program will begin at 7 p.m. with the presentation, followed by a campus tour, a trip to the Exhibit Gallery and an observing session. The program will take place regardless of the weather so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for being outside and to wear comfortable walking shoes. Each participant will also have the opportunity to have a photo taken with a PARI telescope and will receive a subscription to the PARI newsletter and a 10 percent discount on PARI merchandise.

Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. Evening at PARI programs cost $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at or call (828) 862-5554. For additional information, contact PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth at

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 PARI campus was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200-acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.


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