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.
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Looking Up: So Close, So Far

This week on Looking Up Hal speaks of night sky wonders both near and far. There are lots and lots of amazing and wonderful things in the Colorado night sky. Some make you say "wow" because of how beautiful they are and others because of the wonder of what you are actually seeing. And if you are an early riser this Wednesday, November 14 th , you get to see something that is both – a pair of bright and beautiful objects very close to each other.

Looking Up: Khan-Gratulations Are In Order...

To the star Menkar, which, as we learn on this week's episode of Looking Up, is well on its way to becoming a planetary nebula. With the end of daylight savings time, the nights come early to southern Colorado. And while that make it tough to get a round of golf in after work, it makes it easier to look up at the many cool things in the Colorado night sky. And one of the coolest, literally, is the very interesting star Menkar.

Looking Up: Can You Hear Me Now?

This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout inspires us with comet 'tales' from various cultures. Comets are very remarkable objects in the night sky. Most celestial bodies travel across the skies at regular, predictable intervals; comets' movements have always seemed very erratic and unpredictable. Ancient people in many cultures believed that the gods dictated their motions and were sending them as a message.

Looking Up: From Dusk To Dawn

This week on Looking Up Hal gives us the low down on a planet that will be up all night long. Regular listeners of Looking Up will recall that I really like the planet Uranus. Uranus is cool in many ways – it's the first planet discovered in modern times, as it is too dim for ancient folks to properly map it. It also is tipped way over on its axis, with a single year lasting 84 Earth years, Uranus has 42 years when only the northern hemisphere gets sunlight, followed by 42 years with only the

Looking Up: Asteroid, Moon Rocks, And Meteorites . . . Oh My!

This week Hal takes a "vested" interest in space rocks of all kinds. Have you ever touched a rock that was not of this Earth? If you visited the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, you may well have stood in line to touch the moon rock they have on display in the great hall. But other than that, have you touched a moon rock? A rock from Mars? Or even an asteroid? Well, maybe.

Looking Up: Asteroid, Moon Rocks, And Meteorites . . . Oh My!

Looking Up: Hamal Is A Special Star, Just Like Every Star

This week on Looking Up Chloe Brooks-Kistler returns as guest host with some info on Hamal, a protoype orange giant star. Today's edition of Looking Up is going to be, well, very average. And that's because the subject of today's episode is a very average star named Hamal. But in this case, being average is very, very helpful to astronomers. Let me tell you why.

Looking Up: 'B' Is For Brightest

The alpha star is not always the brightest star in a constellation, as we learn on this week's Looking Up. I want to tell you about a very strange star known formally as Beta Ceti, and less formally as Diphda.

Looking Up: We Love You Mr. Moonlight

It's known by many names but there's no mistaking being face to face with a full moon. Many early Native Americans tribes kept track of time by observing the seasons and lunar months, although there was much variability. Some tribes defined a year as 12 Moons, while others assigned it 13. Certain tribes that used a lunar calendar added an extra Moon every few years, to keep it in sync with the seasons. Colonial Americans adopted some of the Native American full Moon names and we maintain that

Looking Up: Tilt The Season

This week on Looking Up we learn the astronomical reason for the seasonal changes. I have breaking news from the world of astronomy. The Earth has seasons! Ok, so maybe you already knew that. But do you know why? Ok, you probably do. You know that the Earth is tilted off being straight up and down in space by about 23 ½ degrees. But do you know why? Well, it's because, we think, not too long after the Earth was formed, it got smacked by a massive collision with a protoplanet perhaps the size of

Looking Up: Vanishing Point

Sometimes when a thing becomes hidden, something else is revealed. Hal reveals an upcoming occultation in this week's episode of Looking Up. One of the great things about astronomy is that there are so many different things you can look at. Some astronomers are fascinated with planets, while others study entire galaxies. And there are some dedicated amateur astronomers that are all about asteroids – those hunks of material left over from the formation of our solar system.

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