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Save the Date! Be sure to join us for the outdoor #FREEevent - Night Sky Viewing Party - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on Saturday, November 23 [5-8PM]. *Weather Permitting* Additional programming will include "The Sky Tonight" show in the Lohman Planetarium, tickets are FREE for Members, $5 for Adults and $3 for Children. To RSVP for the show, please call (386) 255-0285. For more information: http://bit.ly/Venus_Jupiter
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People have always been fascinated by pirates, but what most people think they know comes from movies, television shows, plays, and novels. Pirate lore is a very fragmented history and one that is overrun with ridiculous myths. Things like peg legs, talking birds, and eye patches were created by Hollywood’s myth-making machine. Movies are a bad place to get your history from! It is a monumental task to break the general public hold on pirate myths as they get passed down by various entertainment sources, generation after generation. The truth is that pirates were historical figures who became mythologized. What we know about them comes mostly from court documents, especially testimony by their victims as well as some pirates who threw themselves on the mercy of the courts in an attempt to save their own lives.
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Monday, November 11, 2019 From 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., MOAS will be celebrating the transit of Mercury. Weather permitting, a special solar telescope will be in the MOAS courtyard for safe viewing throughout the event. In the Planetarium, a live stream will accompany the entire transit period, as well as a special live show at 11:00 a.m. Outdoor and Planetarium portions of this event are free to the public. (To enjoy the rest of MOAS after the show, regular museum admission must then be purchased).
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Did you know that spiders are not actually considered insects? Or, that they are often predatory, and even cannibalistic? Learn more about these creepy crawlers and the webs they weave in our list of Florida Spider fun facts!
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Beginning April 18 and running through January 12, 2020 - FANtastic Decorative Fans from a Private Collection will be on display in our North Wing. A collection of over 50 fans from the 18th to the early 20th centuries including mourning fans, hand-colored lithographs, hand painted feather fans, lace fans, exotic fans, and advertising fans constructed from a variety of materials including ivory, bone, wood, leather, mother of pearl, tortoiseshell, celluloid, coconut fiber, silk, sequins and spangles.
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Opening August 31 and running through October 27, MOAS will be showing Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press in the Karshan Center of Graphic Art. This exciting exhibition features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area of San Francisco and beyond...
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One of the great aspects of studying fossils is that it is the story of past life on Earth. If it were not for the science of paleontology, we would know nothing of the tyrannosaur rex, the wooly mammoth, the giant ground sloth, or other past life on Earth. Paleontology is an important and complex science made up of roughly 25 other sciences combined into one...
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As a species, we have an innate desire to explore. This urge to push into new frontiers is fueled by an everlasting curiosity that is a defining attribute of humankind.  Throughout our history, there are countless of when this curiosity launched us into the unknown: through discovering uncharted territory...