Mid South Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference! 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.

 

More details to come!

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FREE PUBLIC EVENT

 

“JUPITER:  Giant of the Solar System”

 

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free public program called “JUPITER:  Giant of the Solar System”. This presentation will be presented on Friday, July 12, 2019, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.

 

This live PowerPoint presentation explores the giant planet Jupiter, one of the most intriguing and recognizable planets in the solar system. It is filled with mystery, legend and a wealth of scientific discovery. The program will take us on a journey through this amazing planet and reveal some of the latest discoveries and most breathtaking imagery ever recorded in human history. It will include spectacular new images from the JUNO space probe currently in orbit around the planet as well as images of the shrinking Great Red Spot! We will also learn more about the numerous other planets like Jupiter that have been discovered orbiting other stars in our galaxy. Weather permitting, we will take a look at Jupiter through one of our powerful telescopes!

 

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, IAAA World Tour Space Art Exhibition, “The Artist's Universe", 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. 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.

 

For more information contact Rainwater Observatory at: 662-547-7283 or info@rainwaterobservatory.org.

 

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