91.5 KRCC's Looking Up Each week Hal Bidlack from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society alerts Southern Colorado listeners what to watch for in our night skies.
91.5 KRCC's Looking Up

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Looking Up: Medicine Map To The Stars

This week on Looking Up guest host Bruce Bookout gets around to talking about Medicine Wheels and how they relate to ancient astronomy. Nearly every ancient civilization has studied the night sky, whether it was for navigation, measuring time, or spiritual purposes. The Plains Indians of the West were no exception. Dotting the high hills of the northern plains are hundreds of Native American stone constructions, called medicine wheels that are aligned to the stars.

Looking Up: Flashy Footstool

This week on Looking Up Hal points out a lesser known star near the constellation Orion that appears to want our attention. We're just two weeks into the New Year, and already I'm going to curse, sort of, on the radio. That's because today I want to talk to you about the very interesting star, Cursa, high in the Colorado sky right now.

Looking Up: Seeing Red

Wondering what some of those bright and colorful objects rising in the eastern pre dawn sky are? This week on Looking Up Hal identifies some of those mysterious spheres. I warned you last week that you'll need to get up early to see most of the stuff I'm talking about in January, and this episode is no exception. But, if you do get up early, you'll get to see something really cool, and I mean that literally.

Looking Up: Out With The Old... In With The Old Full Wolf Moon After Yule

Happy New Year! This week on Looking Up you can get an early start on scanning the 2018 skies. Inconspicuous Mercury is in the pre dawn sky, and a full blown moon dominates tonight. As you listen to the upcoming January episodes of Looking Up, you may find a common theme – stuff to look at in the early morning. Sometimes things just line up that way.

Looking Up: Out With The Old... In With The Old Full Wolf Moon After Yule

Looking Up: Wasat An Innie Or An Outie?

This week on Looking Up Hal answers the question that everyone tends to ask at some point in their life - "what's that"? Our astronomy club does a large number of public star parties over the course of the year, and it is very common for a person at one of our events to point to a star in the sky and ask, "what's that?" Well, this week, I'm going to tell you about a star that is a great answer for the question "what's that,' the star Wasat.

Looking Up: The Magnificent 7

This week on Looking Up guest host Bruce Bookout continues our archeo-astronomy lesson on time keeping. Our calendar has direct ties to astronomy with our count of days as we revolve around the Sun and our count of moonths as the moon goes around the Earth. The remaining count you might say has a weak relationship to astronomy.

Looking Up: Aloha

This week on Looking Up we officially welcome 1I/2017, affectionately known as "Oumuamua". To our knowledge, it's the first ever interstellar visitor to our solar system. Did you happen to feel the entirety of the human experience tick up just a bit in the last few weeks? No? Then you likely have not heard about an object in the Colorado sky right now. You can't see it, it's too small, but astronomers have spotted something never before seen in human history – a visitor from another star.

Looking Up: You Can Call Me Albedo

This week on Looking Up Hal gives us a good reason to get out of bed early on these cold autumn mornings. Today's edition of Looking Up is for those folks who are up and at them before dawn. The rest of you can take a break, or you can get up early one day to see an early morning celestial show with the two brightest planets in our Colorado sky, Jupiter and Venus.

Looking Up: A Moonth By Any Other Name

This month's archeo-astronomy lesson takes on a Novemberish tone with guest host Bruce Bookout. We mark a calendar to help us track our revolution around the sun. Over the centuries we found breaking the year up into smaller portions was useful. Calendars are funny things in that keeping them and naming their parts lends to strange things.

Looking Up: A Cosmic Symphony In The Space Between The Galaxies

This week a quintet of galaxies takes center stage on Looking Up. What would you say if I told you there was a beautiful quintet available to you, right now? Would you reach for your headphones? Well, in this case, it's not a lovely musical interlude, but rather an amazing and beautiful grouping of galaxies high in the Colorado night sky, called Stephan's Quintet.

Looking Up: A Cosmic Symphony In The Space Between The Galaxies

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