Tags:The public is invited to an astronomical look at the Star of Bethlehem (the Christmas Star) Friday, December 9 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes.
The program is part of PARI’s monthly Evening at PARI series and will feature a presentation by PARI astronomers Dr. Michael Castelaz and Dr. Bob Hayward. They will look at the biblical Star of Bethlehem from an astronomical perspective. Was it a supernova? A comet? A special arrangement of the planets? Through the ages astronomers have teamed with historians and biblical scholars in searching for an astronomical explanation for the star the magi followed to Bethlehem so long ago. The presentation will look at possible astronomical explanations and weigh the arguments for and against each.
The Evening at PARI program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with a site tour, followed by the presentation and observing session. Each participant will also have the opportunity to have a photo taken with a PARI telescope and will receive a subscription to the PARI newsletter and a 10% discount on PARI merchandise. 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 seniors/military and $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at www.pari.edu or call (828) 862-5554. For additional information contact PARI Science Educator Christi Whitworth at email@example.com. Program details and directions to the site can be found at the PARI web site, www.pari.edu.
About PARI: The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the PARI campus is a dark sky location for astronomy and was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200 acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. The institute is a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative, a partner in NC OPT-ED and is affiliated with the 16-campus University of North Carolina system through PARSEC, a UNC Center hosted at PARI. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit www.pari.edu.