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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2023 Midsouth star gaze & ASTRONOMY CONFERENCE

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Monthly Program Series

"COMETS: Icy Wonders from Deep Space!”


Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free 4-County Electric Foundation “Exploring the Heavens” public program series! This month’s presentation is a new program called, "COMETS: Icy Wonders from Deep Space!”, presented on Friday, May 13, 2022, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.


Comets are some of the most spectacular and mysterious objects known in our solar system! They hurtle inbound towards the Sun each year, heat up and sometimes develop long beautiful tails blown back by the solar winds! Some have even hit the Earth and other solar system bodies in the past with devastating effects! In this program we will examine the mythology, history and science of comets and how they have helped shape our solar system. After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using some of Rainwater’s powerful telescopes.


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 work has also been featured on the main KEPLER website of NASA's Ames Research Center and can be seen at www.edwinfaughn.com . His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of leading international space science magazines, books, exhibitions and planetarium productions such as Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters and the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition.


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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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.

Our weekend at Rainwater was phenomenal! You have one of the best campsites. While we were at Rainwater, our young ladies chose to work on the Astronomy Merit Badge, which your program covered much of it. On Saturday, they had the option of Fire Safety, Basketry, or Moviemaking. Then on Sunday, we did Leatherwork. Many of them worked on requirements for rank advancement through camping and cooking. We had not even left the property before my scouts were already asking to return. Ever since I was a kid, I have been in awe of the stars and universe. To see the Hubble telescope images and learn more about it made a dream become a reality. Even watching the stars in the planetarium was mind blowing and extremely peaceful. My favorite part of the weekend was the sunrises, sunsets, and all the stars! Seeing the planets was beyond incredible. Thank you for hosting us and providing such a fascinating program."
Heather Williamsen, Scoutmaster-Troop 19G, Madison, Mississippi

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