The Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is an educational ministry of French Camp Academy. It was an outgrowth of the desire to appreciate that "the Heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1). Since its beginning in 1985, it has grown in a remarkable way and served thousands of people throughout the Midsouth and around the world. We provide high quality space and science related programming geared for diverse audiences including but not limited to schools, universities, museums and other science centers, conferences, scout and civic groups, astronomy clubs, churches and other faith based organizations.
The observatory site is located on State Highway 413 just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway in central Mississippi near the village of French Camp (about halfway between Jackson and Tupelo). Click here for travel information.
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Our astronomical facility is only one of the many activities to be found at French Camp.
You can also visit our
- Natchez Trace Historic District
- Council House Cafe
- WFCA-FM Christian Radio Station
- Rising Son Retreat Center
- French Camp Bed and Breakfast Inn