Worth the drive: Observatory to offer program on the 'Christmas star'

 

Special to The Dispatch

 

 

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp offers a free program for the Christmas season called "The Christmas Star" on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Observatory director Edwin Faughn is the presenter.

 

"The Christmas Star" or "Star of Bethlehem" has been debated among scientists and theologians for centuries. Was it a comet, supernova, planetary conjunction, a biblical allegory or totally supernatural event that announced the birth of Jesus Christ? Faughn will lead an informative journey to reveal more about this incredible celestial event using the latest biblical as well as scientific research.

 

Faughn is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has presented hundreds of presentations to diverse groups including but not limited to universities, museums, science centers, schools, churches of most major denominations and other faith based and civic organizations. His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of numerous international space science magazines, exhibitions and planetarium productions.

 

 

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 in Choctaw County. It is an approximate one-hour drive from Columbus, about 40 minutes from Starkville.

 

Come early and enjoy Steak Night at the Council House Cafe, another support ministry of French Camp Academy.

 

For more information, contact Faughn at Rainwater Observatory at 662-547-7283 or email [email protected]

 

 

 

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