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http://krcc.org/term/looking
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Each week Hal Bidlack from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society alerts Southern Colorado listeners what to watch for in our night skies.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-11-11 16:51
last episode published
2019-11-11 14:00
publication frequency
5.65 days
Contributors
Mike Procell author  
KRCC owner  
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Number of Episodes
193
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11.11.2019

Looking Up: Happy 250th!

This week Looking Up reaches a milestone episode. For some reason that I’m sure sociologists and anthropologists fully understand, humans tend to like things in nice round numbers, or at least I do. And so, the topic of this week’s episode of Looking U...
Hal Bidlack author
4.11.2019

Looking Up: Mercury In Transition

The planet Mercury will transit the sun on November 11th, and you're invited to the party! Today I want to invite you to a very special party here at KRCC, coming up a week from today. It’s a very special event that rarely happens, and if you miss this...
Hal Bidlack author
28.10.2019

Looking Up: The Ages Of Aquarius

Bruce Bookout steers this week's episode of Looking Up and guides us to the constellation of Aqarius. Constellations are fickle things. Defining what shape you see and what that means is all derivative of your culture and what that pattern appears to b...
Bruce Bookout author
21.10.2019

Looking Up: Knee High To A Queen

This week on Looking Up Hal kneels at the throne of Cassiopeia in order to pay homage to the star Ruchbah. Today I’d like to tell you about an interesting star, high in the Colorado night sky right now, the star Ruchbah. Ruchbah is the 4 th brightest s...
Hal Bidlack author
14.10.2019

Looking Up: Backup Is Just A Wobble Away

This week on Looking Up Hal goes to Plan B, which is always good to have if you're heading into outer space. I don’t know about you, but I like to have backups for things in my life. I carry an extra pen, and I like to have a backup plan if I’m going o...
Hal Bidlack author
7.10.2019

Looking Up: My Very Existential Mother Just Served Us Noodles

This week on Looking Up we go on a planet hunt with Hal. How many of the 8 planets can you see? (sorry, Pluto fans, there are 8). I admit, it is a bit of a trick question. But the month of October is an especially great month for planet watching, in wh...
Hal Bidlack author
30.09.2019

Looking Up: Scooting Off To Scutum

This week on Looking Up we are 'shielded' from ignorance about the constellation Scutum, thanks to Bruce Bookout. The night sky contains many odd objects besides the menagerie of strange creatures. This time of year, in our southwestern sky, you will f...
Bruce Bookout author
23.09.2019

Looking Up: Tilt A Whirld

Happy Autumnal Equinox from Looking Up! Today marks the September Equinox. Most folks have heard of the two equinox events we have every year, the beginning of spring, with the Spring Equinox in March, and the Fall Equinox that falls in September. And ...
Hal Bidlack author
16.09.2019

Looking Up: Dolphin Dreams

On Looking Up this week we hear about a diamond encrusted dolphin visible in the late summer skies above Colorado. Quite often on these broadcasts, I talk about things that are really big. Heck, the universe is pretty large, so it makes sense that lots...
Hal Bidlack author
9.09.2019

Looking Up: A Not So Tiny Dancer

Tonight's the night for a tiny dot of light to dance across the sky in full opposition of the sun, as we learn on Looking Up. Tonight is a special night for a tiny dot of light, and today’s episode could be titled “far out,” because the dot of light I ...
Hal Bidlack author
2.09.2019

Looking Up: Star Hunt

This week on Looking Up Hal takes us on a star safari to search for possibly the southern most star visible from the Colorado sky. Do you feel like going on a bit of a star hunt? If so, pay attention as I tell you about the elusive star Al Nair, curren...
Hal Bidlack author
26.08.2019

Looking Up: That's Nice, But Now Back To Me...

This week on Looking Up we learn how a world view did change. The only destruction talked about is that of Ptolomy's geocentric system. Count yourself in... Ever consider yourself central to a discussion? We humans for many centuries considered ourselv...
Bruce Bookout author
19.08.2019

Looking Up: The Young And The Restless

This week on Looking Up we learn about a lonely star passing through our galaxy. I’m going to talk extra fast today to tell you about an extra-fast star in the Colorado sky right now, Gamma Piscium, the second brightest star in Pisces the fish.
Hal Bidlack author
12.08.2019

Looking Up: Pull Up A Chair, It's Time For The Perseids!

This week on Looking Up Hal reminds us it's time once again for the Perseid meteor shower. It’s time to revisit one of the best meteor showers of the year, the Perseids. Every mid-August the debris left behind by Comet Swift-Tuttle gets smacked into by...
Hal Bidlack author
5.08.2019

Looking Up: Too Hot To Handle?

This week on Looking Up Hal zooms in on a star by the name of Nunki. There is a fun star in the Colorado sky right now that is pretty neat, the star Nunki, known technically as Sigma Sagitarii. It makes up part of the “teapot’s handle” in Sagittarius a...
Hal Bidlack author
29.07.2019

Looking Up: Footprints In The Regolith

This week on Looking Up we wrap up our month long series on the moon and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions. If I asked you to guess where you can take a walk and know that your footprints will last a million years or more, what would you gues...
Mike Procell author
22.07.2019

Looking Up: Gene Cernan... Who Was The Last Man To Walk On The Moon?

This week on Looking Up we learn a bit about the missions that followed Apollo 11. We’ve talked a great deal about the Apollo 11 moon landing this month, which is appropriate, given that the 50 th anniversary of the landing was just a couple of days ag...
Hal Bidlack author
15.07.2019

Looking Up: Your Fob Is Fabber

If you have no memory of the Apollo lunar missions it's ok. Even the computers back then didn't have much memory as we learn on this week's Looking Up. Next Saturday marks the official 50 th anniversary of our first Moon landing, Apollo 11.
Hal Bidlack author
8.07.2019

Looking Up: A Moon Mission Is Born. But What To Name It?

This week on Looking Up our month long tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions continues with Bruce providing insight on how the program came to be named. In July 1960 NASA was preparing to implement its long-range plan beyond Project Me...
Bruce Bookout author
1.07.2019

Looking Up: A Small Step And A Giant Leap...

This week on Looking Up Hal and Bruce begin a month long salute to the 50 anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. This July 20 th will mark fifty years since Neil Armstrong took his famous first step on to the surface of the Moon. In honor of that rema...
Hal Bidlack author
24.06.2019

Looking Up: A Celestial Object By Any Other Name...

Would any given astronomical object still look as cool if it had a different name? Bruce Bookout delves into that very subject on this week's Looking Up. I was once asked at a local star party; how do we know the names of things in the sky? The answer ...
Bruce Bookout author
17.06.2019

Looking Up: Dancing With The Stars... (Planets Actually)

This week on Looking Up Hal cues us in on a sweet M&M connection in the evening sky. If you have a flat horizon to the west, not necessarily an easy thing to find in Southern Colorado, I urge you to take a look tonight just after sunset, and for th...
Hal Bidlack author
10.06.2019

Looking Up: Making The Most Of Opportunity

Opportunity is dead. Long live opportunity! Today, June 10 th , is a somewhat sad yet very satisfying anniversary. You see it was a year ago today that the good folks at NASA were last able to talk to a plucky little robot named Opportunity on the surf...
Hal Bidlack author
3.06.2019

Looking Up: All Aboard The Polar Express

After a winter retreat , the king of the planets, at least in this solar system, is back in our night sky. Hal tells us more on this week's episode of Looking Up... Alright, I admit it – sometimes I get a wee bit technical and detailed in these shows, ...
Hal Bidlack author
20.05.2019

Looking Up: South Side Of The Sky

This week on Looking Up we're bound for a star that's 50 light years from home. Deep in our southern skies, in the constellation Centarus lies a dead star 50 light-years away from the Earth. V886 Centauri is at first glance an ordinary white dwarf. But...
Bruce Bookout author
13.05.2019

Looking Up: Small Galaxy - It's What's For Dinner

Perhaps all that 'core training' Omega Centauri did in the past really paid off. It may very well be all that's left of a small galaxy that collided with the Milky Way a long, long time ago. That's the story Hal has for us on this week's Looking Up. To...
Hal Bidlack author
6.05.2019

Looking Up: "And That's The Way It Is"

This week on Looking Up Hal heralds the arrival of spring with a tale of a ghostly object. I love the arrival of Spring, with warmer days and nights. But there is one object in the Colorado Spring sky that might fit, at least poetically, in the October...
Hal Bidlack author
29.04.2019

Looking Up: Borrow Some Barium?

In a continuation from last week's episode of Looking Up, we learn more about the constellation Corvus the Crow. This week Hal spotlights another star in that constellation - Kraz - which seems to be a star that's down on its barium essentials. Some th...
Hal Bidlack author
22.04.2019

Looking Up: Brother Can You Spare Some Nickel?

This week, and next on Looking Up, Hal Spends some time on a couple of stars in the Spring / Summer constellation Corvus the Crow. The top star, so to speak, in Corvus is Gienah, at the top of the roughly diamond-shaped constellation. What does the nam...
Hal Bidlack author
15.04.2019

Looking Up: And The Lyrids Bright Glare...

This week on Looking Up Hal talks about April showers of a different sort - the Lyrid meteor shower. If you are an early riser, or a stay-up-all-nighter, the pre-dawn hours of April 22 nd have a special show ready for you – the annual Lyrid meteor show...
Hal Bidlack author
8.04.2019

Looking Up: Crossing The Universe

Bruce Bookout has been some days in preperation for this week's episode of Looking Up... Our springtime brings to view a northern-sky asterism many amateur astronomers call the Kite. An asterism is a recognizable pattern of stars that’s not one of the ...
Bruce Bookout author
1.04.2019

Looking Up: Foolproof

A new month is upon us, and Hal, our stellar court jester, makes a valiant attempt at a little bit of astronomical humor on this edition of Looking Up. Winter is slowly slipping away, and so I’d like talk with you about one star soon to disappear in th...
Hal Bidlack author
25.03.2019

Looking Up: Royal Road

Bruce Bookout carries the weight of this week's episode of Looking Up in which four majestic stars come together for something special. Why? Because we want you to know how ancient cultures viewed the night sky. Around 3000 BCE, the Persians looked at ...
Bruce Bookout author
18.03.2019

Looking Up: On Its Last Dogleg

This week on Looking Up we learn about a distant star that sure could use a leg up on finding another supply of hydrogen for its core. If you have been thinking that these Looking Up segments are increasingly going to the dogs, I must agree, at least a...
Hal Bidlack author
11.03.2019

Looking Up: This Star Is Linkedin

On this week's episode of Looking Up we hear about two familiar constellations and what they have in common. We’ve talked before about most everyone’s favorite winter constellation, Orion the Hunter. We’ve also talked about Taurus the Bull, who is the ...
Hal Bidlack author
4.03.2019

Looking Up: Oh The Weather On Mars Is Frightful...

Good news/bad news on this week's episode of Looking Up. Now you can check the weather before your trip to Mars, but you probably won't like it. We are, or at least I hope we are, nearing the end of a long and cold winter. I for one do not like cold te...
Hal Bidlack author
25.02.2019

Looking Up: Fuelish Behavior

Sirius may be the 'big dog' in the constellation Canis Major but Wezen can throw its 'weight' around, too, as we learn on this week's Looking Up. Today I want to tell you about a very interesting star in the Colorado night sky right now, but be sure to...
Hal Bidlack author
18.02.2019

Looking Up: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Hal is 'over the moon' in bringing us this week's episode of Looking Up. One object I never tire of is our old, dependable Moon. I really love the Moon, and I love to explore the mountains, ridges, and craters through my telescopes.
Hal Bidlack author
18.02.2019

Looking Up: Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Hal is 'over the moon' in bringing us this week's episode of Looking Up. One object I never tire of is our old, dependable Moon. I really love the Moon, and I love to explore the mountains, ridges, and craters through my telescopes.
Hal Bidlack author
11.02.2019

Looking Up: Or Not?

Hal Bidlack takes a measured approach to the constellation Sextan in this week's episode of Looking Up. As this month’s shows mark four years since I first started making Looking Up episodes, I thought today I’d so something a bit different than I have...
Hal Bidlack author
11.02.2019

Looking Up: Or Not?

Hal Bidlack takes a measured approach to the constellation Sextan in this week's episode of Looking Up. As this month’s shows mark four years since I first started making Looking Up episodes, I thought today I’d so something a bit different than I have...
Hal Bidlack author
4.02.2019

Looking Up: The Luminosity Of Leavitt

This week on Looking Up guest host Caitlyn Voige illuminates a luminary by the name of Henrietta Swan Leavitt. When we look up into the night sky, stars look immeasurably small and distant, unchanging and everlasting. One woman, however, helped to find...
Caitlyn Voige author
4.02.2019

Looking Up: The Luminosity Of Leavitt

This week on Looking Up guest host Caitlyn Voige illuminates a luminary by the name of Henrietta Swan Leavitt. When we look up into the night sky, stars look immeasurably small and distant, unchanging and everlasting. One woman, however, helped to find...
Caitlyn Voige author
28.01.2019

Looking Up: Nightscape Gallery 2

This week on Looking Up Mike Procell has a few more tips on nightscape photography. The world can be a dark place. Half of it literally is at any given moment. The good news is nowadays you can readily capture beautiful images in the dark.
Mike Procell author
28.01.2019

Looking Up: Nightscape Gallery 2

This week on Looking Up Mike Procell has a few more tips on nightscape photography. The world can be a dark place. Half of it literally is at any given moment. The good news is nowadays you can readily capture beautiful images in the dark.
Mike Procell author
21.01.2019

Looking Up: Enter The Dragon

This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout is back, and he has a dragon 'tale' to tell. Our Colorado skies contains a constellation that coils around the north celestial pole. Let’s briefly discuss the dragon constellation – Draco.
Bruce Bookout author
21.01.2019

Looking Up: Enter The Dragon

This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout is back, and he has a dragon 'tale' to tell. Our Colorado skies contains a constellation that coils around the north celestial pole. Let’s briefly discuss the dragon constellation – Draco.
Bruce Bookout author
14.01.2019

Looking Up: Is It Better To Burn Out Or Fade Away?

This week on Looking Up Hal spotlights Bellatrix, one of his favorite stars in the constellation Orion. The mighty constellation of Orion dominates Colorado’s winter sky, and it’s a wonderful area of the sky to observe with a telescope, binoculars, or ...
Hal Bidlack author
14.01.2019

Looking Up: Is It Better To Burn Out Or Fade Away?

This week on Looking Up Hal spotlights Bellatrix, one of his favorite stars in the constellation Orion. The mighty constellation of Orion dominates Colorado’s winter sky, and it’s a wonderful area of the sky to observe with a telescope, binoculars, or ...
Hal Bidlack author
7.01.2019

Looking Up: Nightscape Gallery

This week on Looking Up Mike Procell interrupts Hal's life story to talk a bit about night sky photography. Nightscape photography is something you can easily try your hand at. All you basically need is a camera that you can hold the shutter open for m...
Mike Procell author