Looking Up

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.

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:

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.

The upcoming total solar eclipse has astronomers and non-astronomers alike excited as the path of totality will bisect the US from Oregon to South Carolina. 

NASA/JPL-Caltech

A University of Cincinnati professor is helping NASA plan the next mission to Mars, in search of ancient life. Dr. Andrew Czaja is among a team of scientists determining where on Mars to land the most sophisticated rover to date. Part of the Mars 2020 mission is to collect rock samples for evidence the Red Planet once sustained microbial life.

In this first episode of Looking Up: hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman welcome listeners to the podcast, discuss exoplanets, have a conversation with astronomer Kevin Wagner who recently discovered an exoplanet, and answer a kid question.

Jim Nolan/WVXU

On July 12 Cincinnati Public Radio introduces a new podcast, "Looking Up," with the Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman. The first podcast created exclusively by Cincinnati Public Radio separate from its on-air programming, "Looking Up" will cover the latest astronomical discoveries, science and technology, and interesting facts about the stars and planets, all in a fun, down to Earth way.

Looking Up Trailer

Jul 5, 2017

Looking Up, the first original podcast from Cincinnati Public Radio, debuts July 12 on iTunes and wvxu.org.