Mid South Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference
Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 3-6, 2019! 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. Join us this year for fun, fellowship, observing and fascinating presentations by professional astronomers and other guest speakers.
Rainwater is home to one of the largest collections of powerful telescopes in the southeast. We have some new exciting indoor exhibits and beautiful custom built exhibit cases with an impressive new meteorite collection. The collection contains objects such as a Mars meteorite, a large shatter cone, tektites and a piece of the Chelyabinsk meteorite that hit Russia in 2013! In addition, we have exhibits featuring an impressive collection of rocks, minerals, asteroid models, space art exhibit and other astronomy related displays.
We have a large camping area with a pavilion, picnic tables, amphitheater, men's and women's showers and bathrooms, WIFI access, all new electrical outlets on the hill and camp area, 14 bed air conditioned bunk house, four new grills and five campfire pit areas with surround seating as well as other camping areas around the observatory hill. There is a Bed and Breakfast, Council House Cafe, Lodge, Memphis Guest House and other additional lodging located within a mile of the observatory.
Registration, lodging and other details to come!
PLEASE NOTE: This event is geared primarily for adults and older children interested in learning more about astronomy.
FREE PUBLIC EVENT
"EXPLORING FALL SKIES!”
Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free public program for this Fall season called "EXPLORING FALL SKIES!” This presentation will be given on Friday, September 14, 2018 starting at 7:00 p.m. by teacher and solar astronomer, David Teske. This fascinating, educational and entertaining presentation explores the beauty, science and mythology of the Fall stars, planets and constellations! The program is generously sponsored by 4-County Electric!
Dave Teske has won various teaching awards including teacher of the year from schools at the Air Force Association and has been recognized by NASA. He is a retired science teacher who is a lifelong amateur astronomer. He has been doing public outreach at Rainwater Observatory since 1990. He also does outreach at local schools and nature centers. Prior to this time, he worked at planetariums and nature centers in northern Minnesota. He is an avid observer of the sun and moon, as well as whatever else he can see in the skies. He contributes his solar and lunar observations to the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the American Lunar and Planetary Observers. He is married and has four dogs!
After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using some of Rainwater’s collection of powerful telescopes. The planetarium can be used if the outdoor observing is clouded out. 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 Steak Night at the Council House Café, another support ministry of French Camp Academy.
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