Worth the drive: Observatory presents 'Pluto: Icy World of Wonder'


Special to The Dispatch



Rainwater Observatory in French Camp will offer a free 4-County Electric Foundation Monthly Public Program Series presentation called "Pluto: Icy World of Wonder." This updated presentation will be given on Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.


The program explores one of the most mystifying and fascinating objects in the solar system. Pluto has captivated people for decades and is filled with mythology, history, controversy and a wealth of scientific discovery. This exciting new updated program is visually intensive and will provide a fascinating journey through this icy and alluring world. It will also reveal some of the latest discoveries and information regarding NASA's spectacular New Horizons Pluto flyby mission last year.


Faughn is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has presented hundreds of programs to diverse audiences. His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of international space science magazines, exhibitions and planetarium productions. He served almost 20 years as art director for the Sharpe Planetarium of the Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has been featured on the main KEPLER website of NASA's Ames Research Center.



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 an hour's drive from Columbus; about 40 minutes from Starkville. Come early for dinner at the Council House, another support ministry of French Camp Academy.


For more information on these and other programs visit Rainwater Observatory at rainwaterobservatory.org, call 662-547-7283 or email [email protected] Sign up for the free e-newsletter on the homepage.




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