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

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

June 19, 2024: FCA Dorms, French Camp, Mississippi

June 21, 2024: Private Group, French Camp, and Starkville, Mississippi

July 8-11, 2024: Astronomy Group, Multiple States

July 12, 2024: Monthly Public Program

August 1, 2024: Survivor Group, FCA, French Camp, Mississippi

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 program for this season called " IMPACT: SOLAR SYSTEM ENCOUNTERS ". This generously sponsored program is part of the 4-County Electric Foundation “Exploring the Heavens” series!  It will be presented on Friday, July 12, 2024, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.


This unique and fascinating presentation explores one of the most important processes that have shaped objects in our solar system - impacts and crater formation. Asteroid and comet impacts have not only left massive craters on the Moon and other solar system bodies but have dramatically affected life on Earth. The updated program is filled with spectacular impact imagery and information! In addition, Rainwater has a new meteorite exhibit with objects such as a real Mars meteorite and a piece of the meteor that hit Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013!


Edwin has presented hundreds of programs to diverse audiences including universities, museums, schools, aviation firms, conferences, churches, civic groups, senior and youth groups, scouts and various other organizations such as Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, Federal Express World Headquarters, Pink Palace Family Of Museums (75th Anniversary Celebration), Sharpe Planetarium, Arkansas State University (Distinguished Alumni Speaker), Mississippi State University, University Of Mississippi (conference keynote speaker), Arkansas State University (keynote speaker for NASA's STEAM Initiative (STEM with Art + Design) and Crew Training International (CTI is one of the leading providers of Cockpit/Crew Resource Management training for the world's military aviators). His original work has also been featured in and on the covers of international space science magazines, books, exhibitions and planetarium productions such as Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters, the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition, KEPLER website of NASA's Ames Research Center, Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas and can be seen at .


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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