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, door prizes and much more!

 

Click here for registration details!

 

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

FREE PUBLIC EVENT

"EXPLORING SPRING STARS!”

 

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free public program for this season called "EXPLORING SPRING STARS!” This presentation will be given on Friday, May 11, 2018, starting at 7:00 p.m. by teacher and astronomer, David Teske. This fascinating, educational and entertaining presentation explores the beauty, science and mythology of the spring stars and constellations.  The program is generously sponsored by 4-County Electric!

 

Dave Teske has won various teaching awards including teacher of the year from schools at the Air Force Association and has been recognized by NASA.  He is a retired science teacher who is a lifelong amateur astronomer.  He has been doing public outreach at Rainwater Observatory since 1990.  He also does outreach at local schools and nature centers.  Prior to this time, he worked at planetariums and nature centers in northern Minnesota.  He is an avid observer of the sun and moon, as well as whatever else he can see in the skies.  He contributes his solar and lunar observations to the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the American Lunar and Planetary Observers.  He is married and has four dogs!

 

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.