Rosman, NC – Due to the heightened interest in the total solar eclipse that will cross over Transylvania County August 21, PARI has scheduled another overview of this “eclipse of a lifetime.”  You can learn all about the eclipse and how to view it safely at PARI Friday, August 11.  The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and, weather permitting, celestial observations with PARI telescopes.

“This program will be very similar to the July Evening at PARI presentation,” said PARI Astronomer/Educator Dr. Bob Hayward, “but I’ll be adding some tweaks and additional information as we get closer to the date.  We’ve never before scheduled the same topic for two consecutive months, but we’ve also never had an astronomical event of this magnitude coming right over our homes.  It truly is the event of a lifetime and in this special Evening at PARI presentation we will explain how we got so lucky by looking at the motions of the moon and earth that set this up. We will go over the predictions for the path of totality and how long totality will last in towns and other locations in North and South Carolina. And we will show how to safely view this phenomenon of nature and describe what to look for as it progresses.”

During the evening, attendees will be able to purchase eclipse-viewing eyeglasses that are imperative for eye safety.  The eyeglass cost is $2 a pair.  Other eclipse memorabilia will also be available for purchase.

This program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the presentation, followed by a campus tour and a trip to the Exhibit Gallery. Weather permitting, the evening will also include a trip to the Nature Center where PARI astronomers and volunteers will use PARI’s telescopes to showcase planets, stars and more.

The event will take place regardless of the weather so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. the day of the event.  Evening at PARI programs cost $20 per adult, $15 for students/seniors/military and $5 for children ages 6-11.  Children 5 and under are admitted free.  Register and pay online at www.pari.edu or call (828) 862-5554.

For additional information contact Sarah Chappell at schappell@pari.edu.

About PARI: The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1998.  Located in the Pisgah National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, 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 www.pari.edu.

Photo: “Eclipse- total”; PARI has scheduled another overview presentation of “the eclipse of a lifetime” that will cross the United States August 21.  The path of totality— that 68-mile wide swath where the Moon will totally block the Sun’s rays— will include part of Transylvania County.  The August 11 presentation at PARI will explain the astronomical reasons for the eclipse, provide details of the duration and how to view totality, plus provide important safety tips for viewing.  Eclipse-viewing eyeglasses will be available for sale.  The evening’s activities include a tour of the historic former NASA facility, a visit to the PARI meteorite and mineral galleries and, weather permitting, night sky observations with PARI telescopes.  Register online at www.pari.edu or call 828-862-5554, for more information and reservations.