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
"THE SECRETS OF ORION!"
Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi will be offering a free 4-County Electric Foundation Monthly Public Program Series presentation called, “The Secrets of Orion!” This presentation will be presented on Friday, January 14, 2022 starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.
“The Secrets of Orion!” explores one of the most beautiful and recognizable constellations in the winter night sky. Filled with mystery, legend and a wealth of scientific discovery it has been recorded by many ancient cultures and is even mentioned in the Bible. This informative presentation will take us on a journey through this majestic constellation and reveal some of the most breathtaking imagery and astounding discoveries ever recorded in human history!
Edwin Faughn is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has presented hundreds of presentations to diverse groups including but not limited to universities, museums, science centers, schools, churches of most major denominations and other faith based and civic organizations. His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of numerous international space science magazines, exhibitions and planetarium productions. A few of his credits include Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters and the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition. He also served nearly 20 years as the art director for the Sharpe Planetarium of the Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has also been featured on the main KEPLER website of NASA's AMES RESEARCH CENTER.
After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using some of Rainwater’s collection of powerful telescopes. 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 on these and other programs visit Rainwater Observatory at: www.rainwaterobservatory.org, call us at: 662-547-7283 or email us at: email@example.com.
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