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Worth the drive: Rainwater to present 'Wonders of the Winter Stars'

 

Orion the Hunter is among the constellations and stars included in

Orion the Hunter is among the constellations and stars included in "Wonder of the Winter Stars" at French Camp Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Photo by: Courtesy photo

 

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Rainwater Observatory in French Camp will offer a free program called "Wonders of the Winter Stars" on Friday, Jan. 12 starting at 7 p.m. Teacher and astronomer David Teske will present the educational and entertaining presentation exploring the beauty, science and mythology of winter stars and constellations. This program is sponsored by 4-County Electric Power Association.  

 

Teske has won teaching awards including Teacher of the Year from schools at the Air Force Association and has been recognized by NASA. The retired science teacher and lifelong amateur astronomer has conducted public outreach at Rainwater Observatory since 1990. He also does outreach at local schools and nature centers. Teske contributes his solar and lunar observations to the American Association of Variable Star Observers and the American Lunar and Planetary Observers.  

 

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 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, an approximate one hour's drive from Columbus. Guests are invited to come early for Steak Night at the Council House Cafe, another support ministry of French Camp Academy. 

 

For more information, contact Edwin Faughn at Rainwater Observatory, 662-547-7283, or [email protected] 

 

Sign up for a free Observatory e-newsletter on the homepage at rainwaterobservatory.org.

 

 

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