Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is an educational ministry of French Camp Academy.


Our unique facility offers a one-of-a-kind window into the splendor of the heavens that few can offer. We provide astronomy-related programming designed for a variety of different groups and organizations. In a typical year, as many as 200 groups visit and utilize our facilities. Click here to learn more.

Educational PROGRAMMING & Exhibits 

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2022 Midsouth star gaze & ASTRONOMY CONFERENCE

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference is tentatively planned for the week of April 27-30, 2022! This event attracts amateur and professional astronomers from around the country. It is held under one of the few remaining dark skies in the southeastern United States and just off the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway near the village of French Camp, Mississippi.  





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Monthly Program Series

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for this season called " IMPACT: SOLAR SYSTEM ENCOUNTERS ". This generously sponsored program is part of the 4-County Electric Foundation “Exploring the Heavens” series!  It will be presented on Friday, July 9, 2021, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.


This unique and fascinating presentation explores one of the most important processes that have shaped objects our solar system - impacts and crater formation. Asteroid and comet impacts have not only left massive craters on the Moon and other solar system bodies, but have dramatically affected life on Earth. The program is filled with spectacular impact imagery and information! In addition, Rainwater has a new meteorite exhibit with objects such as a real Mars meteorite and a piece of the meteor that hit Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013!


Edwin has presented hundreds of programs to diverse audiences including universities, museums, schools, aviation firms, conferences, churches, civic groups, senior and youth groups, scouts and various other organizations such as Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Federal Express World Headquarters, Pink Palace Family Of Museums (75th Anniversary Celebration), Sharpe Planetarium, Arkansas State University (Distinguished Alumni Speaker), Mississippi State University, University Of Mississippi (conference keynote speaker), Arkansas State University (keynote speaker for NASA's STEAM Initiative (STEM with Art + Design) and Crew Training International (CTI is one of the leading providers of Cockpit/Crew Resource Management training for the world's military aviators). His original work has also been featured in and on the covers of international space science magazines, books, exhibitions and planetarium productions such as Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters, the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition, KEPLER website of NASA's Ames Research Center, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and can be seen at www.edwinfaughn.com .


Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is located one mile east of the beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway off MS Highway 413 near the village of French Camp in Mississippi. Come early and enjoy dinner at the Council House, another support ministry of French Camp Academy.


For more information, visit Rainwater Observatory at: www.rainwaterobservatory.org, call us at: 662-547-7283 or email us at: info@rainwaterobservatory.org. Sign up for our free e-newsletter on the homepage!

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Donate today!

Online giving to Rainwater Observatory is very simple…and greatly appreciated! You can get started by clicking on the Donate button below. To designate your gift to Rainwater Observatory, choose “Rainwater” from the drop-down menu under “Categories and Funds” before submitting your donation.

We were all awed by the majesty, intricacy and beauty of the universe brought into existence by our Grand Designer and Creator. The program you have developed over the years communicates clearly across the age range and sparks the imagination of those that are not astronomers, as well as those that are, I'm sure. We all felt our perspective greatly expanded as to the vastness of our universe and how tiny we and our understanding of that is…….Thank you for sharing all the enthusiasm and energy you pour into your work and how you keep working to discover and share the information and relevance with the public. Rainwater Observatory is such a treasure right here tucked away in Mississippi for the scientific, educational and faith communities, nationally and internationally!
Dr. Virginia Green, Retired Pediatrician, Clinton, Mississippi, Women's Prayer Group

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