In partnering with Denver PrideFest and GLBT Colorado, last night June 14, 2017, The Science Lounge celebrated an extra special night. Throughout the halls, there were togas and rainbows celebrating both Greek history and PrideFest. Every third Thursday the Denver Museum of Nature and Science hosts the coolest adult program called The Science Lounge. Cocktails and tasty snacks are combined with fascinating and fun learning opportunities. The theme this month was Space Oddity. It explored ancient Greek and Roman culture including sex lives in Greek history, the stories behind the constellations, and the chance to gaze at Jupiter in the night sky. On the Anschutz Family Sky Terrace, there were three kickass telescopes where people were able to view Jupiter and its moons. A few keen eyes even saw the red spot.
One of the highlights of the evening was a seminar on Star Power: Famous Sex Lives in Greek History and Myth; or as presenter John Gilbert called it “penises everywhere!” Gilbert is a Ph.D. and Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Luckily over 100,000 vases survived over the years and some of them depict some very interesting insights into ancient Greek culture. These vases told pretty eye-opening stories. One of the vases he showed seemed like it was straight out of Netflix’s show “Sense8.” On that painting was an adult man being spanked with a sandal by a woman, with a young man and a young woman off to the side giving themselves pleasure. Needless to say, Gilbert gave this fascinating talk to a packed room of entertained guests.
Fruits, flowers, balloons, and even one pretty darn strong condom met their demise after being frozen with liquid nitrogen. The Space Odyssey area had all sorts of hands-on learning tools to experiment with. Visits could create their own constellation and take a quiz to discover which god or goddess one is. Mercury was very popular! Many learned from physical anthropologist Kathryn Reusch about Greek and Roman castrates and eunuchs. There was some seriously fun learning going on at the Science Lounge.
Stargazing in the Gates Planetarium with space science educators Jose Zuniga and Naomi Pequette. Zuniga hilariously shared stories of how some of the best-known constellations got their names. For an example, who knew that the Big Dipper and Little Dippers were named after Calisto and her son who were both turned into bears, and thrown into the sky for all eternity by Zeus? After checking out the night sky in the planetarium, attendees had the chance to have their mind blown by seeing Jupiter and its moons through three absolutely amazing telescopes.
Tickets for the Science Lounge usually sell out so be sure to grab them early. July’s program is July 20th and is called Your Machine Inside. It will talk about living machines with the Nature’s Amazing Machines exhibit. August fun will be about the total eclipse of the sun. Tickets are only $13 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
Don’t forget to check out the Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit through August 13th. It will take the visitor back in time to the amazing Viking culture.