Special Event: Exploring the Equinox

Exploring the equinox - postponed until the Fall Equinox due to COVID-19

****This event has been postponed until the Fall Equinox. Following recommendations from the Santa Cruz County Public Health Department to avoid non-essential gatherings of 50 people or more, the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History is cancelling or postponing certain events.

Free with Admission*
Location: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
Talks will begin at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for station exploration and refreshments. Pre-registration highly recommended.

Explore the Spring Equinox on the evening of the celestial event. A series of lightning talks at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History will illuminate different angles of the equinox, from the scientific to the cultural.

The lightning talks will begin at 7 p.m. — arrive early to grab an Equinox Elixir made with Venus gin, explore the Museum, and talk with our speakers. Topics to be explored throughout the evening include:

  • What even is the equinox?
  • How does the equinox affect the earth’s systems?
  • How does the equinox affect humans?
  • What meaning can be derived from the equinox as symbolism?
  • What does the equinox mean from a cultural perspective?

About our speakers:

  • Alexa Villaume, PhD candidate, Astronomy & Astrophysics Department, UC Santa Cruz
  • Bruce Lyon, Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department, UC Santa Cruz
  • Lisa Heschong, Chapter Member, International DarkSky Association
  • Anna Friz, Assistant Professor, Film & Digital Media Department, UC Santa Cruz
  • Martin Devecka, Assistant Professor, Literature Department, UC Santa Cruz

Featuring a no-host bar, this event is free with admission and pre-registration is highly recommended. Sponsored by Venus Spirits.