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.

EDITABLE

FREE PUBLIC EVENT

 

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi will be offering a free public program for this season called "REFLECTIONS OF THE UNIVERSE". This updated presentation will be given on Friday, November 9, 2018, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory. The program is generously sponsored by 4-County Electric!

 

"REFLECTIONS OF THE UNIVERSE" focuses on the magnificent visual beauty and unimaginable vastness of the heavens. This inspiring, educational and entertaining Power Point presentation is illustrated with numerous paintings by Faughn that have been featured in and on the covers of leading international space science magazines, books, exhibitions and planetarium productions such as Scientific American, Science News, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, The Planetary Society’s, Planetary Report magazine, Federal Express World Headquarters, Crew Training International, IAAA World Tour Exhibition: The Artist’s Universe and the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition.

 

As an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences Faughn has presented hundreds of programs to diverse audiences including but not limited to universities, museums, schools, churches, civic groups, military installations, aviation firms, scouts and various other organizations. Faughn 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 and can be seen at www.edwinfaughn.com .

 

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 on these and other programs visit Rainwater Observatory at: www.rainwaterobservatory.org, call us at: 662-547-7283 or email us at: info@rainwaterobservatory.org. Sign up for our free e-newsletter on the homepage!