‘The Year of the Comets!’ at the Rainwater Observatory in French Camp

Date(s) - 05/10/2013
7:00 pm

Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium


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Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, Mississippi will be offering a free public program called “The Year of the Comets!”This presentation will be given on Friday, May 10, 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 they are so interesting scientifically, and why these objects are important to understand as we continue to explore the formation and development our Solar System.

Dr. Donna Pierce is an Assistant 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.

For more information contact Edwin Faughn at Rainwater Observatory: 662-547-7283 or info@rainwaterobservatory.org.

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