“SATURN: The Ringed Giant”
Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi will be offering a free program for this spring season called “SATURN: The Ringed Giant.” This presentation will be given on Friday, May 11, 2012, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, managing director of Rainwater Observatory.
“SATURN: The Ringed Giant” explores one of the most beautiful and recognizable planets in the solar system. It is filled with mystery, legend and a wealth of scientific discovery and easily visible in the spring night sky. This informative presentation will take us on a journey through this majestic ringed planet and reveal some of the most breathtaking imagery and astounding discoveries ever recorded in human history.
Edwin is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has spoken at hundreds universities, museums, schools, churches 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.
After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using Rainwater’s collection of powerful telescopes including the largest in Mississippi. 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.