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32 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Looking Up: Getting an Early Start to Teach About Infinity... and Beyond
30 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
Looking Up: Exploring the Diet of Black Holes
Dean's returned from his latest runaway eclipse chase back in June and has his report. Meanwhile, we are all endlessly fascinated by the mystery of black holes across our universe. In this episode, the team explores some of those questions like what happens if you fall in? How big a threat are they? We are also joined by Ohio State University PhD Candidate in Astronomy, Tharindu Jayasinghe and Professor of Astronomy at OSU, Todd Thompson to discuss their astonishing new discovery: the current closest black hole to Earth they've dubbed "The Unicorn". They answer even more questions like, what do black holes eat?
37 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Looking Up: Summer Skies Are Here
The summer months bring longer days with more sunlight and warm temperatures many of us love... but maybe not so much for astronomers uninterested in staying up all night. On this episode Dean and Anna discuss some of the pros and cons of summer stargazing as well as previews of what to look for in these coming months because there's always an eclipse to be chasing somewhere! We are also joined by co-host of Science Rules! with Bill Nye, and former Editor at Discover Magazine, Corey Powell (@coreyspowell) to talk about the importance of science education as well as the numerous international space missions happening these days that may not have made it onto your radar.
30 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Looking Up: Animals In Space
From monkeys, to turtles, to dogs, and more (for better or worse) humans have used animals to test different aspects of space travel since its earliest days. This week, Dean and Anna discuss some of those missions along with the their pitches for what signs of life we are most likely to potentially discover within our own solar system as well as what they hope we might find some day. We are also joined by Head Keeper at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, Cody Sowers to discuss their recent decision to name their latest baby penguins Mars and Rover, as well as other tie ins between zoo keeping and astronomy.
34 minutes | May 26, 2021
Looking Up: Aliens Redux
We all want to believe in the possiblity of extra terrestrial life and there's lots of compelling UFO documentation and videos coming from the Pentagon these days... but what are the odds of actual contact with alien life in the near future? In this episode, Anna is ready to believe, while Dean, ever the astute man of science he is, explains some of his skepticism.
28 minutes | May 12, 2021
Looking Up: Ingenuity Takes Flight
Dean and Anna continue their coverage and discussion of the Mars Perseverance Rover's exciting mission discussing its latest success: flight on another planets atmosphere! They offer their impressions of the Ingenuity Helicopter's first flight last month, the challenges of accomplishing such a feat, and what to expect moving forward.
20 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Looking Up: There's Too Many Moons
Pink Moons, Red Moons, Blood Moons, Harvest Moons, and on and on... Just how many different "moons" are there? It seems there's an awful lot of names for allegedly unique full moons these days. On this episode Dean and Anna will explore all of these. They'll also layout some upcoming eclipses so you know what to expect and where to view them.
30 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
Looking Up: Our Curiosity for the Opportunity to Explore Mars Perseveres
Dean and Anna are joined by Sampling Science Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (and Cincinnati raised!), Robert Moeller. He shares some of his journey from his younger days in Cincinnati suburb, Reading, Ohio to working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an engineer for the Mars Perseverance Rover mission. Together they celebrate the succesful landing of Perseverance in late February, while taking a look forward to what's next for the misison.
31 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Looking Up: Very, Very Far Away Things
Dean and Anna are joined by CEO of COSI and host of the new show from WOSU public media QED with Dr. B, Dr. Frederic Bertley. He shares how COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus has continued to inspire young minds throughout this past year of pandemic and how wanting more time on his electronic Colece Football handheld game as a child started his own journey into the world of science education.
29 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Looking Up: Will We Get to See the Demise of Betelgeuse?
With Daylight Saving Time coming up this weekend, Dean and Anna explore a bit of its history and the unending question: do we even need it anymore? What is time anyway? And why does it matter to an astronomer?
33 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Looking Up: The Astronomer's Thrill of Chasing Clear Skies
He’s a veteran TV meteorologist in the New York City area and an astronomer who writes for outlets like Space.com. Joe Rao recently listed his Top 10 astronomical events to watch in 2021 so Dean and Anna wanted to get these on their calendar.
30 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Looking Up: Bad Astronomer Makes Good TV
As the pandemic wears on towards a full year, we got to wondering how our friend and Twitter legend, Phil Plait, is doing. He’s known as the @BadAstronomer. Phil shares his thoughts on being in the writers room for hit Netflix series, Bill Nye Saves the World and what its like covering astronomy for his 619,000 followers Twitter followers during these past months of isolation.
28 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Looking Up: Tales From The Virtual World
One of the most impacted aspects of life in this pandemic is education, whether by classroom teachers or outreach efforts like those at the Cincinnati Observatory.
22 minutes | Jan 13, 2021
Looking Up: What's 'Up' in 2021?
Dean and Anna return for our first episode of the new year. Take a look back and forward as they review some of the top astronimical events of 2020 and preview what to look for in the skies throughout 2021.
32 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Looking Up: Possible Worlds
Cosmos is one of the most recognizable names in science TV and books. Just before the pandemic set-in, Dean Regas and Anna Hehman had the chance to talk with Ann Druyan, writer/editor/producer of the Cosmos series, author of a variety of books including this year’s Cosmos: Possible Worlds, and widow of the show’s host, astronomer Carl Sagan.
34 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Looking Up: The Great Conjunction
In astronomy, a conjunction is when two astral objects appear to us as being next to, or very close to one another. Coming in December is what’s being referred to as the Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter, and it will be their closest approach since 1632.
28 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Looking Up: Tanya of Mars
Mars may be the most studied, most discussed planet in our universe. What is this fascination?
33 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Looking Up: Starts With A Bang
If you google our guest Dr. Ethan Seigel, you won’t see images of a white-coated scientist. He’s big, bald, bearded, and there’s even one where he’s wearing a tiara. But he’s a passionate science communicator for Forbes.com and theoretical astrophysicist and makes for a fascinating interview.
27 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Looking Up: Citizen Science
NASA undertakes so many studies and projects that often they call on “citizen scientists” to assist them.
27 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Looking Up: The End of Everything
For this episode, we start at the end…that is, the topic is the end of everything. Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome Katie Mack, a theoretical astrophysicist who believes there are several ways the universe will end, and even has a favorite!
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