Impact: Solar System encounters at Rainwater Observatory

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for this season called, “IMPACT: SOLAR SYSTEM ENCOUNTERS”. This presentation will be given on Friday, May 8, 2015, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.

This unique and fascinating presentation explores one of the most important processes that has shaped objects our solar system – impacts and crater formation. Asteroid and comet impacts have not only left massive craters on the Moon and other solar system bodies, but have dramatically affected life on Earth. The program is filled with spectacular impact imagery and information! In addition, Rainwater has a new meteorite exhibit with objects  such as a real Mars  meteorite and a piece of the meteor that hit Chelyabinsk, Russia in 2013!

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 is now featured on the main KEPLER website of NASA’s Ames Research Center. You can see his artwork and other information at:

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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