Stellar secrets to be revealed

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

A prominent constellation with a shining three-star “belt” will be featured Jan. 8 at Rainwater Observatory in French Camp, about 40 miles west of Starkville.
The observatory will hold a free program on “The Secrets of Orion” that Friday at 7 p.m., according to Edwin Faughn, observatory managing director.
The constellation also known as “the hunter” was significant to many ancient cultures, and is mentioned in the Bible.
“This informative presentation will take us on a journey through this majestic constellation and reveal some of the most breathtaking imagery and astounding discoveries ever recorded in human history!” Faughn said in a news release.
After the presentation guests can use some of the observatory's telescopes, weather permitting; if it's cloudy, there will be a planetarium show instead, according to the news release.
Rainwater Observatory is 1 mile east of Natchez Trace Parkway, off Mississippi Highway 413. Faughn urged visitors to come early for “steak night” at the Council House Cafe, 91 Le Fleur Circle in Weir; the cafe is a support ministry of French Camp Academy.
For more information contact Faughn at 662-547-7283 or