My Account

 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Community Partners Blog

Manatee Nebula Exhibit On Display At Wildlife Park

homosassa-wildlife-park-logo

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is pleased to have been selected as the location for the display of the 10-foot wide Manatee Nebula from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO). The exhibit is on loan to the Wildlife Park from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the next three years until USFWS opens their Visitor Center at Three Sisters Springs. The Manatee Nebula exhibit may be seen inside the Park’s Visitor Center at the main entrance on US Highway 19. There will be no charge to come and view the display.

Park Manager Art Yerian said, “The Park is excited to have this opportunity to display the Manatee Nebula exhibit and hopes many residents and visitors will take this opportunity to stop by and view this impressive display.”

The Manatee Nebula was formerly known as W50 to the radio astronomers who discovered it in 1958. W50 was renamed this past January when the NRAO’s director’s executive assistant Heidi Winter looked at the VLA’s (Very Large Array) new image of the nebula and saw that it closely resembled a manatee, an endangered marine mammal.

Tania Burchell, a science writer at NRAO, describes the origins of this nebula “as having formed when a giant star, 18,000 light years away in the constellation of Aquila, exploded as a supernova around twenty thousand years ago, sending its gases flying away in an expanding bubble. The manatee shape comes from the dying star’s powerful, spinning jets shoving the nebula outward on either side.”

This Manatee Nebula exhibit will be on display for the next three years in the Visitor Center at

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Boulevard (US Highway 19)
Homosassa, Florida

Share this post

Search This Site

From Our Community Partners

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Prev Next

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of…

From our Community Partners Blog

SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders)

If you aren't familiar with Medicare or the other available resources, or if you just want to brush up on what you already know, SHINE... Read more

Moon Over the Mounds Series

From our Community Partners Blog

Moon Over the Mounds Series

Seven events will offer visitors an opportunity to participate in guided evening walks The Friends of the Crystal River Preserve State Parks, Inc., in partnership with... Read more

P.L.A.Y. (Preparing Little Athletes Yout…

From our Community Partners Blog

P.L.A.Y. (Preparing Little Athletes Youth Program Ages 3-5)

Citrus County Parks & Recreation’s P.L.A.Y. ProgramThe P.L.A.Y. program (Preparing Little Athletes Youth) is a comprehensive motor skills development program that will prepare you and... Read more

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion: Mobile …

From our Community Partners Blog

CareerSource Citrus Levy Marion: Mobile Unit 1

Staff Assisted Services Schedule and Locations  CareerSource will roll out its Mobile Resource Unit (MOBY1) to the Homosassa Public Library to help residents of Citrus County find... Read more

September 20: Extension Services - Culin…

From our Community Partners Blog

September 20: Extension Services - Culinary Herbs - Growing and Cooking

Please join BJ Jarvis, from the UF IFAS Extension on for her program, "Culinary Herbs - Growing and Cooking." Discover the many flavorful herbs well-suited... Read more

Our Mission

The Citrus County Library System will promote the pursuit of knowledge and deliver quality education to the community, embracing the power of information, imagination, and ideas.