Mid South Star Gaze and Astronomy Conference

Rainwater Observatory is gearing up for its annual Midsouth Stargaze and Astronomy Conference coming up April 11-14, 2018! 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 others such as galaxy researcher, Dr. William Keel from the University of Alabama, astrophotographer and "Hurricane Hunter" Jon Talbot, NASA recognized teacher-lecturer-astrophotographer, Dave Teske, Rainwater Observatory director and space artist, Edwin Faughn and much more!

 

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PLEASE NOTE: This event is geared for adults and older children interested in learning more about astronomy.

FREE PUBLIC EVENT

“THE SECRETS OF ORION!”

 

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for this winter season called “The Secrets of Orion!” This presentation will be presented on Friday, March 9, 2018 starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory. The program is generously sponsored by 4-County Electric!

 

“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 leading international space science magazines, exhibitions and planetarium productions. 

 

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 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 by email.