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Denver Museum knocked it out of the solar system with Science Lounge

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science knocked it out of the solar system with this month’s Science Lounge this past Thursday, Aug 21, 2014. Aliens & Exoplanets was the theme of this month’s adventure and, as always, it was fun-filled evening. Along with cocktails, cheese, crackers, and Moon pies, guests learned about possible life on other planets. Although there were plenty of geeks on hand sporting nerdy T-shirts and even a cosplayer, this crowd of all ages closed the place down that night.

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Experts Dave Cuomo and KaChun Yu lit up the IMAX with their fabulous and informative presentation. After a cocktail or two, Science Lounge guests had the chance to build their own “claylian,” which was an alien made out of clay and creativity. Not an empty chair could be found while, like eager school children, people created little aliens of white modeling clay. Before the clouds spoiled the fun, guests had the chance to explore the night sky through telescopes on top of Boettcher Plaza and played in the Space Odyssey area of the museum. Many took the chance to check out models of spacecraft exploring our solar system such as the Cassini spacecraft.

Next month’s Science Lounge called Petri Dish is set for Thursday, Sep 18, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. With 100 trillion bacteria calling the body home, humans are a walking Petri dish. Bacteria have a bad reputation and yet the body could not digest a meal without them. See and experiment with some of these microorganisms and make a bacteria inspired craft to commemorate the night. Check out Museum geology collections with Guest will be museum curator James Hagadorn who will talk about that fact that Earth started out with bacteria 4.5 billion years ago. Tickets are at a nice price of only $12 for museum non-members and $10 for members. Although tickets are sold at the door, they usually sell out before start time. Plan ahead and purchase tickets ahead of time on the museum’s website.