Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Touch A Piece of Space! Meteorite Comes to Southwest Florida Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium Hosts Meteorite Unveiling



The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium has unveiled a 126-pound meteorite. The big meteorite will be the focal point of a three-year exhibit. On loan by arrangement with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences, the meteorite is part of a larger meteor that exploded just above the Earth’s surface some 4,500 years ago. Originally found in Argentina’s Campo del Cielo (Field of the Sky), the meteorite’s parent body is 4.53 billion years old. This explosion resulted in a “strewn field” (about the size of the island of Manhattan) of craters and meteorite chunks from the same parent body.

The Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium is located at 3450 Ortiz Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33905. Regular hours are 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. Ticket discounts for Military, Seniors, and Students enrolled at FGCU or FSW.

For more information, call or visit calusanature.org

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