The “smiley” face on PARI’s 4.6m radio telescope was painted as a joke during the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Union was intensely interested in the Department of Defense base and often sent satellites to photograph the campus. Each Soviet photo contained a “smiley face” as a friendly wave. Today “Smiley” is a student favorite and is used remotely via the internet by middle and high school students and teachers to study radio astronomy.”
Just Announced–A Special “Evening at PARI: An Astronomical Look at the Star of Bethlehem”
Friday, Dec. 8
5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Curious astronomers through the centuries have tried to come up with an explanation for the phenomenon of the Star of Bethlehem that the magi saw so long ago. Was it a star? A meteor? Join PARI astronomers as they discuss many of these hypotheses regarding this event. Family-friendly, recommended for ages 6+
Adults=$85.00 per person; children (ages 6-10)=$65.00 per person
Includes event ticket, dinner, and round trip transportation from/to Waynesville
Departure from Leap Frog Tours office in Waynesville at 4:15 PM
Please call to book — 828-246-6777.
If you’re like most people who live in Western North Carolina, you may be scratching your head wondering, “What the heck is PARI?” That was our reaction too. We had no idea that the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute was right here in our proverbial backyard!
This hidden gem has a storied history dating back to the 60’s space race through the Cold War and the 90’s-era national defense program. Now, PARI’s mission is to provide hands-on educational and world-class research opportunities for scientists and students of all ages.
Here’s a quick recap of PARI’s history —
Leap Frog Tours is thrilled to partner with PARI to showcase this fascinating place to both locals and visitors alike. We will provide transportation to PARI’s out-of-the-way location–literally hidden in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard about 35 miles from Asheville–so guests can enjoy the many activities that PARI offers including:
In early 2018, we’ll announce details about a special, exclusive PARI excursion activity that will only be available through Leap Frog Tours. It will likely include some star-gazing and a special dinner or appetizers at the PARI’s new restaurant.
In the meantime, please call Leap Frog Tours at 828-246-6777 if you’d like to visit PARI and leave the driving to us!