Looking Up

Each week Hal Bidlack from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society alerts Southern Colorado listeners to what to watch for in our night skies.

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Better Call Sol

Mar 2, 2015
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This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up!

Astronomers use telescopes to look at distant stars. But how big a telescope do you think you would need to be able to see the closest star to us here on the Earth? 

Okay, it’s a trick question – the answer is none! Our own sun is the closest star to us. And while it is about 93 million miles away, astronomically speaking that is right next door!

Jupiter Ascending

Feb 23, 2015
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This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal 

  Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up in the night sky!

If you look to the east an hour or two after sunset, you will see something shining brilliantly in the eastern sky – the planet Jupiter! In fact, Jupiter is the 4th brightest thing in the sky, after the sun, the moon, and the planet Venus.

Walking on Venus

Feb 16, 2015
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This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up in the night sky!

Orion the Mighty Hunter

Feb 9, 2015
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This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up in the night sky right now.

Of the 88 constellations in our sky, one of the brightest and easiest to find is also the most prominent in the winter sky – The constellation Orion

Orion is supposed to look like a mighty hunter, but to most people it looks a lot like a capital letter H. Orion, and the area around it, contains some of the brightest stars in the sky and some amazing other deep sky objects.

Comet Lovejoy

Feb 4, 2015
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This is “Looking UP! in southern Colorado,” from the Colorado Springs Astronomical Society. I’m Hal Bidlack, and there are lots of reasons to look up in the night sky right now.

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