Rainwater Observatory in French Camp will be offering a free public program called “Comet ISON This Way Comes!” This presentation will be given on Friday, November 8, 2013, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Dr. Donna Pierce.
Comets have both frightened and fascinated humanity throughout recorded history. The visits of several comets this year, particularly the much-anticipated arrival of comet ISON this fall, allow our collective fascination with these highly transient, visually spectacular objects to continue. Together, we will explore the nature of comets, why we are so excited about ISON, and how ISON can help us further our understanding of the formation and development of the Solar System.
Dr. Donna Pierce is an Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University. She received her B.S. in physics from the University of Kentucky, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland College Park. While working on her Ph.D., she was a science associate on NASA’s Deep Impact mission to comet Tempel 1 in 2005. After a short stint at the University of Texas, she joined the faculty at MSU in 2007, where she conducts research in cometary science and teaches a variety of courses in physics and astronomy.
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 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.
For more information visit Rainwater Observatory or call 662-547-7283.