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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Midsouth star gaze

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference on April 11-14, 2018! 

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SPECIAL Events

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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.

I visited the Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium with a group of students, ranging from 2nd to 6th grade. We had a most insightful and enjoyable time. The students were extremely enthused and learned much. It appeared as if the experience may have peaked the interests of some of them to further investigate the field of astronomy. Mr. Keeton and I enjoyed the experience just about as much as the students. Mr. Edwin Faughn expressed a passion for astronomy that captured the student’s attention, as well as mine. I found myself reminiscing of the field trips that I took as a youth to the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Mr. Faughn is a remarkable and exceptional director. The trip was truly a delightful experience and I have already shared information regarding the observatory with my colleagues, my 9th grade daughter, and others who might be interested in planning a visit. I have been a resident of Webster County for almost 16 years and never realized that something so exciting and interesting was so close. If I had one word to describe The Rainwater Observatory & Planetarium, it would be "AWESOME!"
Spencer Austin (Counselor for Montgomery County School District)

Clear Sky Clock

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GEOS-8 Infared Image Map

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