PARI hosts program on Messier Objects

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a local non-profit that offers educational programs for children and adults alike, is hosting an event Friday, Dec. 13 on Messier Objects.

According to PARI’s manager of IT support and the Dec. 13 presenter Mark Krochmal, Messier Objects are “galaxies, nebulae and other such night-sky phenomena that are observable with the naked eye, binoculars or small telescopes.”

Named after French astronomer Charles Messier, these objects highly resemble comets. Next Friday’s event will include explanations of the best methods for viewing the various types of Messier Objects.

The Evening at PARI program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with the 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


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