Worth the drive: Observatory presents 'Exploring Summer Stars'


Special to The Dispatch



Rainwater Observatory in French Camp offers a free program called 'Exploring Summer Stars" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, by teacher and astronomer David Teske. The educational, entertaining presentation sponsored by 4 County explores the beauty, science and mythology of the summer stars, planets, the moon and constellations.


Teske has won 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. Teske formerly worked at planetariums and nature centers in northern Minnesota.


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 Mississippi Highway 413 near the village of French Camp, about a one hour drive from Columbus. The Council House Cafe, another support ministry of French Camp Academy, will be open beforehand for Steak Night.


For more information on these and other programs visit Rainwater Observatory at rainwaterobservatory.org, or call 662-547-7283. Email [email protected]




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