Mid South Star Gaze 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.
FREE PUBLIC EVENT
“MARS:The Red Planet!”
Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi will be offering a free public program for this season called “MARS:The Red Planet!” This new presentation will be given on Friday, July 13, 2018, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory. This program is generously sponsored by 4-County Electric!
“MARS:The Red Planet!” explores one of the most mystifying and fascinating planets in the solar system. It has captivated people for centuries and is filled with mythology, science fiction, history and a wealth of scientific discovery. This exciting new program is visually intensive and will take us on a journey through this strange and alluring world and reveal some of the most breathtaking imagery and astounding discoveries ever recorded in human history!
Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth since 2003 later this month on July 27, 2018 during “opposition” when it's opposite from the sun in Earth's sky.
Edwin is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has presented hundreds of programs to diverse audiences including but not limited to universities, museums, schools, churches, civic groups, scouts and various other organizations. His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of 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. You can see his artwork and other information 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.
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