The Space Science Gallery of the Museum of Science and History is the new home for a very old scientific object: a 170-pound meteorite that was formed when the solar system was in its early development. Part of an 800-ton meteoroid that broke up as it approached Earth about 4,500 years ago, the space rock was recovered in northern Argentina and carries a suitable Spanish name: The Campo del Cielo (“Field of the Sky”) Meteorite.

 

“The meteorite is definitely a please-touch display,” said Paul Bourcier, MOSH curator. “Feeling the fusion crust on its surface, it’s easy to imagine the heat of atmospheric entry as the rock plummeted to the ground at a speed of more than 150,000 miles an hour.”

The meteorite comes to Jacksonville as a gift from The Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences of Bradenton . Several years ago, a number of smaller meteorites were on temporary display when the Bryan-Gooding Planetarium opened at the museum. MOSH is also grateful to Mike Reynolds for selecting and preparing the meteorite, and to the Asterion Foundation for supporting the cost of the long-term display.

UNF SENIOR IN EXHIBIT AT THE ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Hunter Jackson, a senior at the University of North Florida majoring in fine arts, was selected to exhibit in the 28th annual University Student Exhibition, hosted by the Atlantic Center for the Arts, 1414 Art Center Ave., New Smyrna Beach. The juried exhibit honors work produced by four art students nominated from Florida’s nine state universities. The exhibit opened Saturday and will continue through Aug. 12.

MOSH WINS PRESERVATION AWARD

The Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission has awarded a 2017 Historic Preservation Award to the Museum of Science and History for its The Reel Hollywood: Jacksonville’s Film History exhibit, which conveyed Jacksonville’s role in the early 20th century as “The Winter Film Capital of the World.” The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Norman Studios and the Jacksonville Historical Society were lead partners in presenting the exhibit, which ran from Aug. 27, 2016 until its closing May 17.

‘LION KING JR.’ AUDITIONS

There will be auditions from 1:30-4:30 p.m.Sunday in Jacksonville’s Main Library, 303 Laura St., for Stage Aurora’s production of “The Lion King Jr.” There will be auditions for the show from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at St. Petra Missionary Baptist Church, 2403 Clyde Drive. All performers must be in grades 5-9. Performances of the show will be July 10-14.

HANDBELL CHOIR AT CLAY LIBRARY

The Orange Park United Methodist Church Handbell Choir will perform its spring concert from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday at Clay County’s Main Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Fleming Island. The performance is free.

CONCERT AT BEACHES MUSEUM CHAPEL

The Beaches Museum and the Lazzara Family Foundation will wrap up the Spring Concert Series with a performance by Chris Thomas King at 7 p.m. Monday in the Beaches Museum Chapel, 381 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville Beach. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the concert. They can be purchased at www.BeachesMuseum.org or by calling (904) 241-5657.

BANK OF AMERICA NOW ‘DRESSING DOWNTON’ SPONSOR

Bank of America will be recognized at the Lightner Museum’s “Lightner After Hours” event from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. Bank of America has signed on as a new sponsor for “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times,” which will open at the Lightner, 75 King St., St. Augustine, on Oct. 3. The 13-week exhibit will display 36 authentic Edwardian Era costumes and accessories from “Downton Abbey,” PBS’ most popular drama ever. Lightner After Hours, held in the museum’s front lobby and courtyards, is free. Light refreshments will be served, music will be played and beverages are available for a donation.

SYMPHONY TO PERFORM TWICE

The final Coffee Concert by the Jacksonville Symphony will be a performance of Patriotic Pops conducted by associate conductor Nathan Aspinall at 11 a.m. Friday in the Jacoby Symphony Hall in The Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St. Tickets, which range from $23 to $45, can be purchased at www.jaxsymphony.org/ or by calling (904) 354-5547.

There will be a free performance of Patriotic Pops conducted by Aspinall at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bishop Kenny High School Carla Harris Performing Arts Center, 1055 Kingman Ave.

16TH CENTURY MUSIC IN JACKSONVILLE BEACH

From madrigals to sea chanteys, the seven-member group RareSong will evoke the late 16th century and the days of Sir Francis Drake’s raid on St. Augustine at 7 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 465 11th Ave. N., Jacksonville Beach. The concert will be narrated by an actor portraying Drake. The concert is free.

NEW EXHIBIT AT HOBNOB GALLERY

Work by Jacksonville artist Holly Blanton, St. Augustine artist Alma Ramirez and Atlanta artists Christina Doelling are now on exhibit at Hobnob Gallery and Event Space, which is next to Hobnob restaurant at 220 Riverside Ave. The exhibit will continue through June 1.

NEW SCULPTURES ON AMELIA ISLAND

The Amelia Island Tourist Development Council unveiled five sculptures last week made from naturally occurring and man-made debris collected along Amelia’s shore in compliance with the Leave No Trace ordinance. The sculptures, which will remain in place for a year, were installed Wednesday at four beach access points —Main Beach, Seaside Beach, Peters Point and Burney Park. The artists whose work is featured are Aisling Millar McDonald, Cat Chiu Phillips, Joni Younkins-Herzog, Alan Milligan and Richard Herzog.

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