1. 2024 SCHEDULE

January 12, 2024: Monthly Public Program

January 13-15, 2024: Scout Group, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

February 9, 2024: Monthly Public Program

February 16-18, 2024: Cub Scout Group, Brandon, Mississippi

February 21, 2024: Pearl Presbyterian Church, Pearl, Mississippi

February 23, 2024: Space to Create Writing Retreat Group, Multiple States

February 23, 2024: Pine Lake Church, Retreat Group, Starkville, Mississippi

March 1-3, 2024: William Carey University, Astronomy Group, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

March 8, 2024: Monthly Public Program

March 9, 2024: Scout Group, Decatur, Mississippi

March 8-10, 2024: Astronomy Group, Multiple States

March 12, 2024: Tate Baptist Church Youth Group, Corinth, Mississippi

March 19, 2024: Saint Thomas Catholic Homeschool Group, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

March 22, 2024: Wild + Free Homeschool Group, Starkville, Mississippi

March 23-24, Scout Group, Vicksburg, Mississippi

April 7, 2024: Wings of Honor WW2 Museum, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

April 12, 2024: Monthly Public Program

April 12-14, 2024: American Heritage Girls, Jackson, Mississippi

April 13, 2024: International Group, Jackson First Presbyterian, Jackson, Mississippi

April 26, 2024: Starkville Academy, Starkville, Mississippi

April 27, 2024: Scout Group, French Camp, Mississippi

April 29-May 3, 2014: Astronomy Group, Multiple States

May 8-11, 2024: Mid-South Stargaze and Astronomy Conference 

May 27-30, 2024: Astronomy Group, Multiple States

June 3, 2024: Memphis Astronomical Society, Memphis, Tennessee

June 14, 2024: Monthly Public Program

July 12, 2024: Monthly Public Program

August 9, 2024: Monthly Public Program

September 13, 2024: Monthly Public Program

October 11, 2024: Monthly Public Program

November 7, 2024: Temple Baptist Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

November 8, 2024: Monthly Public Program

December 13, 2024: Monthly Public Program








Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free 4-County Electric Foundation “Exploring the Heavens” public program series! This month’s updated presentation is called, “The Secrets of Orion!”, will be presented on Friday, June 14, 2024, 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 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 contact Edwin Faughn at Rainwater Observatory: 662-547-7283 or


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