Skip to main content

Road Trip to PARI

We are always looking for things to do in western North Carolina. We had driven by the sign for the Pisgah Astronomical Research Center (PARI) several times and today we decided to tour the facility. PARI used to be the east coast satellite and manned space flight communications station for NASA back in the 1960's and 1970's. In 1981 the Rosman Tracking Station facility was turned over to the Department of Defense for satellite data collection. The facility was closed in 1995. PARI purchased the 200-acre campus in 1999.

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

PARI is more a place to go to learn things as apposed to see things. It is better to go to their event calendar and find a day to visit when something is actually happening at the facility.

A quote from their website:
PARI’s mission is to provide hands-on educational and research opportunities for a broad cross-section of users in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Scientific instruments at PARI include two 26m (85ft) radio telescopes, a 12.2m (40ft) radio telescope, a 4.6m (15ft) radio telescope (dubbed “Smiley” and operated remotely by students and teachers), a high frequency Jupiter-Io/Solar antenna, 11 optical telescopes on the PARI Optical Ridge, five weather and atmospheric monitoring stations, and various environmental monitoring and measuring instruments. All of these instruments are used students, teachers and volunteers of all ages, making PARI one of the few places in the country where world-class instruments are not restricted to limited use by top scientists. At PARI, students learn by doing, which makes it a very rare and valuable resource for students and teachers alike.
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Inside the Cline Administration Building is a small exhibit with historical items. There is also a nice collection of meteorites, gems, and minerals. 

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Outside there are a few hiking trails. Be sure to checkout the Parks Observation Deck where you can get a good view of all the radio telescopes and satellite antennas. 

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute - PARI

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute continues to expand its offerings. They were building a new cafeteria the day we visited and work on the hiking trails is ongoing. It's a nice place to stop even if just for the view at the observation deck.

Smiley at PARI



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hendersonville Cars and Coffee Photos

Over 300 cars showed up early, starting at 8:00 AM, for the recent Hendersonville Cars and Coffee cruise-in. World of Clothing in Hendersonville, NC hosted the event and cars were spread out all across their large parking lot.

NCL Norwegian Pearl Cruise to Alaska - The Haven Courtyard

If you ever have a chance to sail to Alaska, do it! If you can save up a little more to be able to stay in The Haven Courtyard on Norwegian Cruise Lines, do it! For our anniversary Peg and I decided we would take our first cruise to Alaska. NCL sales called us, last minute, and offered us a deal to upgrade to a penthouse in The Haven Courtyard aboard the Norwegian Pearl. We did and it was fantastic! The Bird of Paradise Courtyard Suite Room 14014 (an S5 level penthouse suite) would be our home for the seven day cruise which started in Seattle, Washington.


Photos from Craig Naff's Hotrod Body Shop with Ron Covell

It's not often that you get the chance to hang out with one of the world's best hotrod metal shapers, Craig Naff. Add to that the fact that Ron Covell, a fantastic metal fabricator and instructor, would be teaching a class in Craig's shop and you have the potential for a fantastic Saturday. I made the drive over to Craig's shop on the outskirts of Woodstock, VA early in the morning using Ron Covell's Basic Metal Shaping class as an excuse to get out of the house.