PARI to host Valentine’s love story event

Press Release

Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute

The public is invited to a special Valentine event Friday, February 14 at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). Registered attendees will be treated to an evening of storytelling involving love stories associated with the night sky, followed by a tour of the campus and a trip to the PARI Exhibit Gallery.

The program is part of PARI’s monthly Evening at PARI series and will feature a series of stories presented by PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth and Astronomer/Educator Dr. Bob Hayward. “The love stories have one thing in common,” said “Dr. Bob.” “They all deal with shenanigans so memorable that they are remembered using the sky. The stories come from around the world and are sure to provide an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience.”

The Evening at PARI program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the Valentine presentation, followed by a campus tour, a trip to the Exhibit Gallery and an observing session. The program will take place regardless of the weather so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for being outside and to wear comfortable walking shoes. 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 or call (828) 862-5554. For additional information contact PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth at

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 National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the PARI campus 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.

PARI is home to the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive and a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. PARI’s Exhibit Gallery displays a collection of rare meteorites as well as NASA Space Shuttle artifacts, many of which have flown in space. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit Follow PARI on @Astronomy_PARI. “Like” PARI on Facebook at


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