is an inter-institutional research and education center of the University of
North Carolina. The PARSEC mission is to provide students and faculty from
across the UNC system with access to world-class,
state-of-the-art astronomical instrumentation in a setting that serves as a
conduit for education and research opportunities.
PARSEC promotes and coordinates usage of the facilities at the Pisgah
Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), a not-for-profit public foundation in
the Pisgah Forest southwest of Asheville, NC. The PARI campus was constructed by
NASA in 1962 as the east coast tracking station for manned space flights. Today,
the 200 acre site houses radio telescopes, optical telescopes and the
infrastructure necessary to support astronomy education and research.