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May 7, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Admission is free, nomincal fee for some activities

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is hosting its annual Space Day open house Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The 200-acre campus will be open to the public for activities and events that are suitable for all ages. Campus admission is free. There will be a nominal charge for certain activities.
Visitors this year will be able to explore the expanded Exhibit Gallery, featuring space artifacts, meteorites and minerals. In addition to Space Shuttle artifacts contributed by NASA, the displays now include several satellites and models donated to PARI or on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institution. North Carolina is the only site in the U.S. where gem-grade emeralds are found and the PARI collection includes one of the largest ever cut, a 15.3-carat faceted specimen. The mineral Hiddenite was discovered in North Carolina and the PARI displays include dozens of examples, plus a variety of other NC stones such as ruby, sapphire, aquamarine, garnet, amethyst, and more. The meteorite collection includes part of the very first meteorite that was seen to fall from the sky, in 1492.

Visitors are invited to tour the entire PARI campus, a 200-acre former NASA site, and experience hands-on activities related to PARI’s mission of science education for all ages. The network of hiking trails has been expanded and the Parks Observation Deck atop PARI’s optical ridge offers scenic mountain views in every direction. The popular StarLab planetarium will be in operation during most of the day, featuring presentations from PARI’s science education staff. Solar telescopes will be set up to provide a safe way to look at the Sun.

While on campus, visitors can also stroll the Galaxy Walk, a scale model view of the solar system. The Astronomical Photographic Data Archive (APDA), a national archive of historic astronomical photographs featuring images recorded as far back as the 1800s, will be featured in a display at the Cline Administration Building. Visitors can learn how PARI’s SCOPE project provides Internet access to part of the APDA database and allows citizen scientists to assist with star classification.

A kid’s area has been added this year and will feature gem mining, face painting, a dunking booth and other fun and games. Students from PARI’s 3D Planets program will be on hand to demonstrate how they use 3D printing to make museum displays. Also new this year: a chance to actually operate a radio telescope.

Research and education programs will be highlighted at locations across the campus and PARI staff will be available to demonstrate and explain Earth and space science remote instrumentation and observations. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the PARI cafeteria.

Admission to Space Day is free. There will be a nominal charge for attending planetarium presentations and several other activities. Food will be available for purchase in the cafeteria.

“Throughout our history, Space Day has remained one of our most popular attractions,” said Steve Saucier, executive director. “All of our staff, scientists and educators set aside their regular duties and host a large, family-oriented open house. Most visitors tell us that until you actually experience it, you cannot imagine what it’s like to stand next to one of our 26-meter (85 ft.) radio telescopes and witness 250 tons of machinery moving skyward. Space Day at PARI is the opportunity to experience that, and much more, and we certainly extend a warm welcome to anyone who wants come and experience a day of fun.”

For more information about PARI, Space Day and directions to the campus, please visit


May 7, 2016
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Admission is free, nomincal fee for some activities


Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)
1 Pari Dr, Rosman, NC 28772, USA United States
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