Rainwater offers ‘Solar System Encounters’

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp will be offering a free program for this season called “Impact: Solar System Encounters.”

This presentation will be given Sept. 14 starting at 7 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 in 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 geared for a general audience and filled with spectacular solar system impact imagery and information.

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. For more information visit Rainwater Observatory at www.rainwaterobservatory.org.