Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium Launches “Reflections of the Universe Program”

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Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium announces the launch of “Reflections of the Universe”, a program focusing on the magnificent visual beauty and unimaginable vastness of the heavens.

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium in French Camp, Mississippi is an educational space and science facility, offering “Reflections of the Universe” to the public.

Two variations of this live presentation are nearly identical in scientific, artistic and visual content. The first “Reflections of the Universe” is primarily academic and focuses on modern space science and art of the heavens. Created for public schools, universities and museums, the live presentation is open for visitation.

The second “Reflections of the Universe: Experience the God of Creation” is more spiritual in nature. Besides a focus on modern space and art of the heavens, passages and quotations present a touch of mystery of the universe. The passages come from the Biblical books of Psalms, Job and Isaiah to complement the visual pieces in a way that is humbling and inspiring. Quotations from various scientists and theologians also add to the overall spiritual impression. This version of the live presentation is set up for churches and other faith based organizations. Both have been very well received and last about 45 minutes.

Rainwater is open to all groups and organizations including, but not limited to, universities, schools, seniors, youth, scouting, civic, churches and other faith based organizations. Information about Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is located at Rainwaterobservatory.org.

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is one of the largest observatories and darkest skies in the southeastern United States and exists to share the wonders of the heavens with children and adults. Visitors to Rainwater experience a unique glimpse into the universe that few around the country and world can offer.

Astronomy related programming includes presentations, telescope observation events, lectures and planetarium shows. As many as two hundred groups visit Rainwater each year. Learning experiences include inspiring, educational and entertaining material designed for various groups.

David O. Smith, a Scoutmaster for Troop 15 from Saint Matthew Methodist Church, said, “Our 24 scouts and 8 adults received a quality program that both informed and challenged everyone regardless of their age. It is very hard to find people who not only know their material, but embrace and communicate it in a way that makes you want learn more.”

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is an educational ministry of French Camp Academy, an interdenominational Christian boarding school, http://www.frenchcamp.org, and home in Mississippi for troubled youth from first through twelfth grades, existing to serve young people and their families who are experiencing difficulty in their lives. French Camp Academy is a Christ-centered, safe, secure place providing a quality Mississippi education that includes space and science related programming.

Smith said, “The program presented by Mr. Edwin Faughn and his volunteers is absolutely one of the best educational and inspiring experiences my Scouts have ever had. This program is also unique in that it is an effective melding of both scientific and spiritual messages. We've sought out programs throughout the Southeast to motivate, encourage and inform the young men in our troop. I would have never guessed the top opportunity would be in the hills of Choctaw County. I already have boys asking to schedule this trip again. Thanks again for providing this ministry to our youth.”

Lance Ragsdale, Vice President of Development at French Camp Academy, said, “It is our desire to be of service to everyone possible by providing excellent space and science related programming that is exciting, inspiring and educational.”

Go to Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium’s website at http://www.rainwaterobservatory.org to learn more about scheduling a trip to the Mississippi planetarium, its telescopes, astronomy presentations, and diverse learning experiences.

About Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is an educational ministry of French Camp Academy, a Christian boarding school located in French Camp, Mississippi. Rainwater is one of the largest observatories and darkest skies in the southeastern United States. The staff provides space and science related programming at Rainwater on location at French Camp Academy, designed for a variety of different groups and organizations, including but not limited to universities, schools, seniors, youth, scouting, civic, churches and other faith based organizations. In a typical year, as many as 200 groups from the United States and around the world visit and utilize the facilities.

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