From press reports
Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for the Christmas season called â€śThe Christmas Starâ€ť. This program will be presented on Friday, December 14 starting at 7 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, director of Rainwater Observatory.
â€śThe Christmas Starâ€ť or â€śStar of Bethlehemâ€ť has been debated among scientists and theologians for centuries. Was it a comet, supernova, planetary conjunction or a totally supernatural event that announced the birth of Jesus Christ? Edwin will lead us on an exciting and informative journey and help us discover more about this incredible celestial event using the latest biblical as well as scientific research.
Edwin 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. A few of his credits include Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters and the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition. He also served nearly 20 years as the art director for the Sharpe Planetarium of the Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis, Tennessee.
After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using Rainwaterâ€™s collection of 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 in Mississippi.