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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2021 Midsouth star gaze & ASTRONOMY CONFERENCE


April 7-10, 2021

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Monthly Program Series

Our programming is temporarily on hold for these monthly public events to comply with state Covid safety guidelines. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have them available again as soon as possible.


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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.

Our Girl Scout troop had a fantastic outing at the Rainwater Observatory. Edwin Faughn’s knowledge of astronomy is impressive and his enthusiasm for the subject is contagious. He was very patient with all the girls’ questions. The photographs and artist renderings were beautiful. We also really enjoyed the planetarium when Mr. Faughn showed us some of the major constellations and where the stars appear in the sky during different times of the year. Although there is plenty of space for tent camping, our troop chose to spend the night in the air conditioned bunk house on property. The beds were comfortable and the accommodations were clean with plenty of bathrooms and showers. The highlight of the trip was using one of the telescopes to see our moon with incredible detail and Jupiter with three of its moons. It was a great outing for our troop.
Ashley May, Girl Scout Troop # 5604

Clear Sky Clock

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GEOS-8 Infared Image Map

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