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History of Thanksgiving
History of Thanksgiving Mon, Nov 19, 2018 Today Thanksgiving in the United States is associated with fall, food, family, and football. It wasn’t always that way, however. Originally Thanksgiving was a day(s) of prayer thanking God for blessings such as a military victory, a treaty, the end o... Read More

Giant Megalodon Shark
Giant Megalodon Shark Thu, Oct 18, 2018 The August 10, 2018, release of the movie, “The Meg,” creates the perfect opportunity to learn the real truth about this extinct prehistoric monster fish. Megalodon carcharodon was the top predator that terrorized the oceans of the world from 20 mill... Read More

Good Speed, Parker Solar Probe!
Good Speed, Parker Solar Probe! Mon, Oct 08, 2018 In 1957, Eugene Parker proposed some radical new theories on the nature of our home star, the Sun. Six decades later, his dreams of unlocking the secrets of the Sun are becoming a reality. In the early hours of August 12, 2018, the Parker Solar Probe... Read More

A Closer Look at "100 Faces of War"
A Closer Look at "100 Faces of War" Thu, Aug 30, 2018 Witness the pride, sacrifice, and humanity of those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan through this traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, featuring 100 oil portraits. Representing a cross-section of home states, military branches, jobs, and back... Read More

Fungi - The Fun-Guys of the Phylogentic Tree
Fungi - The Fun-Guys of the Phylogentic Tree Wed, Aug 15, 2018 Although Tuscawilla nature preserve is closed to the public, some of us (MOAS staff) like to trek through the hydric hammock to stretch our legs during lunch breaks or that mid-afternoon lull. During our miniature expeditions, we have stumbled upon s... Read More

Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks! Wed, Jul 11, 2018 A special event will delight night sky observers this summer: the opposition of Mars. Opposition is sort of a fancy way of saying that Mars will be on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, so we will have an alignment of the three objects in s... Read More

History of the Fourth of July
History of the Fourth of July Wed, Jul 04, 2018 The 4th of July is one of our country’s patriotic celebrations. Work on the document that led to it officially becoming a federal holiday began on June 11, 1776. The Colonies' Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee who... Read More

Robo-Car Race Track
Robo-Car Race Track Wed, May 16, 2018 The GE Volunteers have completed the installation of one of the larger hands-on exhibits in the Charles and Linda Williams Children's Museum at MOAS – the new Robo-Car Race Track. This was accomplished with the expert assistance of Alphagraphics, a l... Read More

Role Reversal: How Paintings and Photography Switched Roles in the 20th Century
Role Reversal: How Paintings and Photography Switched Roles in the 20th Century Thu, May 03, 2018 It is hard to over-estimate the influence of photography on the development of art since the 19th-century. Although camera obscura image projection had been known since ancient times, 1839 marks the year photography was introduced to the public throu... Read More

Discovering the Glyptodont
Discovering the Glyptodont Wed, Apr 18, 2018 It is hard to imagine that the glyptodont, the giant creature with a likeness to an armadillo on display in the Museum's Prehistory of Florida Gallery, has any relationship to the giant ground sloth. Amazingly, they are cousins and have evolved tens ... Read More

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