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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.

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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Colorado Springs, CO

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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.

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English


Episodes

Looking Up: Miss Beehiven

6/18/2018
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This week on Looking Up Venus entertains the Beehive Cluster in a celestial gathering of lovely and luminous objects. Have you been wondering what that really bright star-like thing is in the western sky after sundown? Well, it’s the planet Venus, the third brightest thing in our sky, after the Sun and the Moon.

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Looking Up: Objects In (Telescope) Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

6/11/2018
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This week on Looking Up we are introduced to Barnard's Star. There is a lovely constellation in the Southern Colorado sky right now, with the awkward name of Ophiuchus. And in Ophiuchus is a remarkable star with the unusually possessive name of Barnard’s Star.

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Looking Up: Will Work For Helium

6/4/2018
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This week on Looking Up we comb through Leo the Lion's mane and discover a star by the name of Algenubi. We’ve talked before about constellations that really don’t look like what they’re named after, and some that do. The constellation Leo falls into that second group, as the bright star Regulus anchors the neck, so to speak, of the lion, with five stars above making what looks like a backwards question mark, or more correctly, the head and mane of the lion. And the very last star in that...

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Looking Up: The Ethos Of...

5/28/2018
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This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout enlightens us as to what the study of archaeoastronomy actually is. One of the newer disciplines in science is the field of Archaeoastronomy. We have been speaking to this subject during my tenure on “Looking Up”, but have never actually defined it. Archaeoastronomy is the study of astronomical practices, celestial lore, mythologies, religions and world-views of ancient cultures. In many ways it is an “Anthropology of Astronomy”.

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Looking Up: Big Little Ceres

5/21/2018
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This week on Looking Up we check in on one of our solar system neighbors... Ceres. Can we talk Ceres for a minute? Or, more precisely, 90 seconds? You see, Ceres, the largest asteroid in the Solar System, is particularly well positioned to observe this week, and you should take a look – Ceres-ously!

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Looking Up: In The Court Of The Planet King

5/14/2018
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This week on Looking Up we learn about the second biggest object in our solar system - Jupiter. May is a great month in the southern Colorado sky if you like things that are really big. What's the biggest thing in our neck of the woods? I'll give you a hint, it's the Sun, which contains 99.98% of all the mass of the entire Solar System - planets, asteroids, comets, dust, the works.

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Looking Up: Zub A Dub Dub, 3 Stars In A...

5/7/2018
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This week on Looking Up we learn about an interesting star system, and also how to pronounce Zubenelgenubi. There is a very interesting star to see in the southern Colorado sky right now, and it’s pretty easy to find this month. Why? Because it has a giant ball of gas nearby as a marker. That’s right, the massive planet Jupiter, the brightest thing in our sky after the Moon and Venus is just below the difficult to pronounce star that is in the constellation of Libra.

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Looking Up: Thunderbird Fly Into The Light Of The Dark Black Night

4/30/2018
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On Looking Up this week, Bruce Bookout speaks about the mythical Thunderbird and the thunderous Navajo legend behind it. The mythology of the thunderbird is wide and various across America and Canada. Navajo legend holds that the Thunderbird carries all the clouds in its tail and rain under its wings. Thus when the Thunderbird constellation is shining brightly in the spring sky, the rainy season has arrived.

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Looking Up: Hey Hey, It's Better To Burn Out...

4/23/2018
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Movie stars have been known to lead secret lives. This week on Looking Up Hal divulges the secret of a star called Izar. There is an interesting star, or rather two stars, up in the Colorado night sky that is, or are, very cool, and by that, I mean hot , the nifty star Izar, in the constellation of Bootes.

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Looking Up: Constellations 101

4/16/2018
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This week on Looking Up guest host Chloe Brooks-Kistler helps us all learn something about constellations. So, I’ve kicked Hal out of the studio for this week’s episode. He drones on and on about admittedly cool things in the sky, but he’s never answered a question I have, as a non-astronomer about the Colorado night sky.

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Looking Up: Galactic Hydra-tion

4/9/2018
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As it turns out, galaxies tend to hang out in groups. We learn more about that on this week's Looking Up. April showers bring May flowers, but clear nights in April bring one of the most wonderful and beautiful things up in the sky, clusters of galaxies.

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Looking Up: Two For Tea

4/2/2018
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This week on Looking Up Hal invites us out for a 'steaming' cup of 'celestial tea'. One of the frustrations of looking at the sky can be wondering how the heck astronomers decided a particular pattern of stars looks like.

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Looking Up: Planet Chaco

3/26/2018
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We head south of the Colorado border with guest host Bruce Bookout for this month's archeo-astronomy subject - Chaco Canyon. The earliest inhabitants of this region were skywatchers of immense sophistication. Down just below the southern Colorado border is a major center of culture for the ancient Pueblo Peoples. It is focused in the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. The Chaco Canyon area contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins in the Southwest.

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Looking Up: A Rising Constellation 'Kite' Signals Spring

3/19/2018
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This week on Looking Up we learn about a rising star in the east that is a harbinger of spring and summer weather. This week on Looking Up we learn about a rising star in the east that is a harbinger of spring and summer weather. We are only a couple days away from the beginning of Spring, at least astronomically speaking. And for astronomers, one of the stars we look for as a sign that warmer days are ahead is the brilliant Arcturus, the brightest star in the roughly kite-shaped...

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Looking Up: I Am Algieba, Hear Me Roar

3/12/2018
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This week on Looking Up Hal starts looking ahead to a famous springtime constellation... One of my favorite constellations, Leo the Lion, is back in our night sky.

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Looking Up: Our Not So Little Runaway

3/5/2018
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Have you seen Naos, the runaway star? This week on Looking Up Hal pinpoints it in the night sky for us. There is an interesting and odd star visible in the Southern Colorado sky right now that is worth a look, the strange and lovely star Naos, at just under 1000 ly from Earth.

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Looking Up: 'V' Is For Hyades

2/26/2018
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There are two 'sister' star clusters in the constellation Taurus the Bull. This week on Looking Up Bruce Bookout introduces us to the five daughters of Atlas... the Hyades. Over the last few years we have discussed the beautiful winter asterism known as the Pleiades. These fair maidens of the night are an easily found object high above in the constellation Taurus the Bull. What most observers overlook are the other sisters that form a ‘V’ shape that marks the head of the celestial bull.

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Looking Up: So Long And Thanks For All The Barium

2/19/2018
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This week on Looking Up... meet Alphard, a giant orange sun that seems to have lost its partner but gained a lot of barium in the process. In earlier episodes, we’ve talked about the bright stars that make up the winter night sky here in southern Colorado. We’ve talked about the very bright Sirius, and the only slightly less bright Procyon, Castor, Pollux, and so on. Today, I want to tell you about a very interesting star that is a bit farther to the east, forming a triangle, laying on its...

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Looking Up: This Subject Matter Is 'Way Out There'

2/12/2018
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This week on Looking Up Hal gives us the extended celestial forecast - partly cloudy, with a chance for comets... I admit it; I’m a sucker for comets. I can’t help but wax a tad philosophic when I think of these remarkable and ancient objects. There are famous comets that come back regularly – think Halley’s Comet – and there are others, like the very bright Comet West back in 1976, that have much larger orbits, over 70,000 times the Earth-Sun distance, and so won’t return for about 500...

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Looking Up: Look To The West, There's A Feeling You Might Get...

2/5/2018
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This week Hal dusts off a topic we covered previously on Looking Up but is now in need of an update. A couple years ago I told you about a cool thing you can see in the Southern Colorado sky, Zodiacal Light! And the good news is, it’s back.

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