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In this episode of Looking Up, the man who makes science sexy every Friday afternoon. Ira Flatow, the host of public radio's "Science Friday," joins hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about his long-running show, some of his favorite topics, and most importantly, his favorite constellation.

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In this episode of Looking Up, the important contributions of women in science have long been understood within the scientific community, but the public's awareness was raised by the best selling book and movie "Hidden Figures."

Now, another group of women scientists are being spotlighted in the book "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars" and the author, Dava Sobel, joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman.

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In this episode of Looking Up, predicting the weather is a science, albeit not always an exact science. Hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk weather forecasting with Jason Meyers, digital meteorologist and video content creator for the EW Scripps Co.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman share memories of some of their favorite science shows growing up before welcoming one of their favorites, very special guest Paul Zaloom who portrayed Beakman in the mid-90's show Beakman's World.

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The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks tonight and early tomorrow. With up to 120 meteors per hour shooting across the night sky, it's expected to be one of the best celestial shows of the year.

In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman get ready for holiday gift giving by talking about the different types of telescopes out there for new and veteran astronomers, Dean talks about his first telescope, then they welcome Sean Walker, Equipment Editor from Sky & Telescope magazine for hints on the best gear available.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman talk about living on Mars and the possibility of some life forms living under the surface.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss space travel and Dean reveals his favorite astronaut. Then they are joined in studio by Captain Scott Kelly, veteran astronaut and the man who spent a full year living on the International Space Station. 

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss pop culture and space, from the first science fiction book written in 2 A.D. to movies that get it right, or close to right, like The Martian, to others who seemed content to ignore all scientific logic, like Armageddon.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman dip their toe into doomsday prophecies and space hoaxes with guest Phil Plait, better known as The Bad Astronomer

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman revisit August's total solar eclipse, including finding out where Dean wound up viewing it and the crowd that descended on Anna at the Cincinnati Observatory.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman say good-bye to the successful Cassini spacecraft as it prepares to crash into the surface of Saturn. The mission's Deputy Project Scientist Scott Edgington explains why Cassini is ending this way and some of what has been learned since taking off in 1997. They also answer another Kid Question.

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In this episode of Looking Up, hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman discuss Pluto with Alice Bowman, the Mission Operations Manager for the New Horizons mission from Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, then Anna has a question for Dean from the Cincinnati Observatory's Crank File.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse Information

Aug 15, 2017

Coming Monday, August 21, the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse is expected to be one of the most viewed astronomical events ever! It's the first eclipse that will be seen from coast to coast in 99 years.

With the path of totality (full darkness) stretching from Oregon to South Carolina, each of the 48 contiguous states will experience some percentage of the eclipse. In the Greater Cincinnati area, we will be around 90% coverage.

There are right and wrong (very wrong) ways to view an eclipse.  Please take a look at this information from our friends at the Cincinnati Observatory to make sure you are ready to safely enjoy the eclipse.

To know more about eclipses, safe viewing options, terminology, some personal experiences and more, we have three great listening options for you:

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In this episode of Looking Up, final preparations for the upcoming total solar eclipse are discussed when hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome James Albury, the director of Santa Fe College's Kika Silva Pla Planetarium and Dean's co-host on the PBS series Star Gazers. Plus they'll answer another kid question.

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