Worth the drive: Observatory offers chance to explore fall skies


Special to The Dispatch



Rainwater Observatory in French Camp will offer a free public program called "Exploring Fall Skies." The presentation will be given on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. by teacher and solar astronomer David Teske. This educational and entertaining presentation explores the beauty, science and mythology of the fall stars, planets and constellations. The program is sponsored by 4-County Electric Power Association. 


Teske has won various 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 and lifelong amateur astronomer. He has ¬†been doing public outreach at Rainwater Observatory since 1990. Teske also does outreach at local schools and nature centers. He is an avid observer of the sun and moon, as well as whatever else he can see in the skies, and 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 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 one hour's drive from Columbus, less from Starkville. 


For more information, visit rainwaterobservatory.org, call 662-547-7283 or email [email protected]



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