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Gain an Expert’s View of the Stars

A research site with a Cold War history is open for stargazing

By Gordon Byrd

Gain an Expert’s View of the Stars
Learning Center at Pari

The Learning Center at PARI

In a quiet, mica-rich valley near Rosman, a small research facility is doing big things — and you are invited. The Learning Center at PARI (formerly Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute) hosts some of the world’s most exciting astronomical, meteorological and geological research opportunities, as well as unique hands-on educational experiences like no other.

The 200-acre PARI campus is a wonder to behold. The institute straddles the divide between having incredible history while exploring a breath-taking future. The site was first used by NASA in the 1960s, during the early years of space exploration. U.S. defense agencies later used its radio telescopes to intercept signals from Russian satellites during the Cold War. The site has been repurposed once more, this time as an open-sourced astronomical research center.

Opportunities to learn on-site include formal field study programs, summer camps and special events like the Stargazer’s Journey, where guests dine with astronomical educators, tour the onsite museum and learn about PARI’s history, equipment and mission. Finally, when the sky is dark and clear, the journey ends with a spectacular view of the moon and stars through high-quality, optical telescopes.

The possibilities are endless, and it all begins here.

The Learning Center at PARI

Preregistration is available for multiple 2020 summer camp programs. The campus is closed to the public during summer camp season; check online for fall public hours.

pari.edu | 828-862-5554
1 PARI Drive, Rosman, NC 28772

About the Author

Gordon Byrd is a veteran who works for UNC Pembroke. He tries to keep things interesting with a little homebuilding, some writing, triathlons and a lot of time with his family and church.

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