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Looking Up: Pi in the Sky

Jan 9, 2017
mage Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) / Nasa.gov

This week on Looking Up  Hal reminds us to wear our helmets and also chats about the Starfish Cluster, located in the constellation Auriga.  

In this safety-conscious age, it’s always wise to wear a helmet when riding a bike, skiing, or driving a chariot. So maybe it’s not surprising that high in the southern Colorado sky right now is the pointed helmet of a charioteer, the constellation Auriga (or-EYE-gah). 

This month on Air Check, we highlight some of our favorite interviews, stories, and in-studio performances from 2016 - Inaiah and Desi Lujan perform "The Runner" from their most recent project In/Planes; Electronic musician Tor talks about his album "Blue Book"; Ulysses Baxter, a.k.a. the Pikes Peak Peanut Pusher, tells the story of his improbable ascent of Pikes Peak; Colorado Springs' own Stoney Bertz discusses the connection between hip hop and high school debate; we hear in-studio performances from Ages and Ages and Millicent, and KRCC deejays pick the music that impressed them the most in 2016.

Looking Up: And Forward to 2017...!

Jan 2, 2017
Digitized Sky Survey, ESA/ESO/NASA FITS Liberator Color Composite: Davide De Martin (Skyfactory)

We start the new year on Looking Up by taking a look at Alnitak, a star in Orion's belt.

Men of a certain age often need a good, tight belt to hold up their pants. The constellation of Orion the Hunter is no different. That famous grouping of stars now dominates the Southern Colorado night sky, and as you look at Orion, you notice that he has a belt of three stars across his midsection. From those stars, the great Orion Nebula seems to hang down like a sword.

Looking Up: Spinfully Delightful

Dec 26, 2016
Nigel Whitworth / https://www.universeguide.com/star/gomeisa

This week on Looking Up Hal makes our collective heads spin with this information about the star Gomeisa.

If you got a telescope for Christmas and would like to take it out for a spin, please feel free to contact the Colorado Springs astronomical Society for help. And when you do, maybe we can show you a star that definitely got taken out for a spin, the very interesting star Gomeisa!

Looking Up: Long Night's Journey Into Day

Dec 19, 2016
by Kumar / http://freecoloringpages4uer.blogspot.com

This week on Looking Up guest host Bruce Bookout sheds light on the longest night of the year and how it's celebrated by other cultures.  

Our Colorado nights are getting deep and as we get to the longest night of the year every culture celebrates the winter solstice differently.  Solstice comes from latin, meaning “the sun” and “to stand still”. Because the winter solstice is also an event that marks the return of the sun’s presence in the sky, it has been connected with renewal, birth, sun gods, and life-death-rebirth deities. There are traditional celebrations that give people hope sunny days lay ahead.

The mission of Greccio Housing (www.greccio.org) is to provide stable, safe, affordable housing, and to create supportive opportunities and services for its residents to enhance their individual growth.  

Thousands of pounds of fresh, edible food is thrown away in Colorado Springs every day. The USDA estimates that up to 40 percent of our nation’s food supply is wasted. Meanwhile, one in seven people in Colorado are considered food insecure with a high likelihood of malnutrition and other nutrition-related illnesses. Colorado Springs Food Rescue (www.coloradospringsfoodrescue.org) volunteers sustainably recover food seven days a week from donor businesses around the Pikes Peak region and deliver it directly to local nonprofit partnership programs. Each month, an average of 30,000 pounds of fresh produce, prepared foods such as catered leftovers, and perishable food is recovered. 

Partners In Housing  (www.partnersinhousing.org) gives homeless families hope and opportunities, providing one year transitional housing and various supportive services so they can become self-sufficient.

 

For 50 years, Reach Pikes Peak (www.reachpikespeak.org) has been at the forefront of providing supportive services designed to enhance the quality of life for the lower-income population of the Pikes Peak Region. The self-sufficiency programs have expanded over the years to include emergency services, a long-term case intensive job skills/educational enhancement program, and two matched savings programs – one for adults and one for at-risk youths.  

Looking Up: Pass-a-bull

Dec 12, 2016
earthsky.org

This week on Looking Up Hal is right on target with this description of the moon occulting Aldebaran (the eye of the bull). 

About a year ago we talked about a very interesting and very bright star in the southern Colorado sky, Aldebaran. The brightest star in the constellation Taurus, Aldebaran is the 13th brightest star in the night sky. This bright red star is the bright red eye of Taurus the bull. And it’s visible nearly all night during the winter, unless of course, something gets in the way.

Mercy's Gate is faith based, but faith is not required for Colorado Springs individuals and families who have emergency / urgent financial, physical, emotional or spiritual needs to receive services and support from Mercy's Gate (www.mercysgatecs.org)

Homeward Pikes Peak believes people can recover. They help to house and counsel people facing homelessness and addiction every day. They offer a variety of housing programs for the homeless - one for sober living, one for mentally ill adults, and another for disabled veterans. Homeward Pikes Peak also operates an outpatient substance abuse clinic specializing in women's services, including pregnant women. The mission at Homeward Pikes Peak (www.homewardpp.org) is to create self - sufficiency, sober parents, effective employees, and dignity.

   

The Mission of The Resource Exchange is to build independence for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities….and their remarkable abilities. TRE (www.tre.org) is currently serving nearly 4,000 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families, through a range of fully customizable service lines.  

    

Noreen Landis - Tyson is the President and CEO of CPCD (www.cpcdheadstart.org).  CPCD is all about giving kids a head start. CPCD provides educational, physical and behavioral health, and nutritional services for children 3 to 5 years of age. There's also 'Early Head Start' which helps pregnant women and children ages birth to 3. This program serves to enhance the development of very young children while promoting healthy family functioning and school readiness. 

Today we hear from Alma Grandpre, one of the 'Friends' of TRP - Therapeutic Recreation Program.

The mission of TRP (www.springsgov.com/tr) is to provide opportunities for youth and adults (including veterans and seniors) to acquire skills that enable them to participate in leisure experiences of their choice and enhance their abilities to function within a community setting. Alma Grandpre is with the TRCP (Therapeutic Recreation Community Partners)  which supports TRP in their mission by providing scholarships. 

Looking Up: Head in the Clouds

Dec 5, 2016
Rogelio Bernal Andreo / NASA.gov

This week on Looking Up Hal takes us inside the head of the hunter (Orion).

Heads up, everyone! Today let’s talk about a head that’s up. And by up, I mean a star visible in the southern Colorado sky right now, and by heads I mean the remarkable star that makes up the head of the wonderful constellation of Orion the Hunter.

Today we talk with Ms. SherryLynn Boyles, Executive Director of TESSA.

TESSA empowers victims and stands in solidarity with the citizens of the Pikes Peak region against all intimate partner violence. The crisis hotline for TESSA is 719-633-3819. TESSA (tessacs.org) is participating in both the IndyGive! and Empty Stocking Fund campaigns this year. You can find out more about these campaigns and all of this year's recipients at: https://Indygive.com / www.fillanemptystocking.org

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On this episode of Air Check, Mike Doughty talks getting sober and going solo after Soul Coughing, Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket plays some songs from his new record, Bill Forman shares some stories from his long career as a music critic, and we remember two towering musical figures that we lost in the last month.  

Looking Up: Casio Watch

Nov 28, 2016
Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors) / nasa

This week on Looking Up guest host Bruce Bookout regales us with various mythologies surrounding the queen of the night sky, Cassiopeia.

Rising high in the autumn skies of Southern Colorado is the reigning queen of the sky - Cassiopeia.  Take a look after sunset to the northeast for a pattern of stars resembling a “W”. 

Cheap Perfume Brings Feminist Punk to Colorado Springs

Nov 22, 2016
Cheap Perfume

Local band Cheap Perfume makes urgent music for turbulent times. The group's sound is fast and loud, at turns raging and satirical -- sometimes both at the same time. In their music, they tackle topics at the forefront of our nation's political debate right now, including racism, misogyny, the patriarchy, and even President-elect Donald J. Trump. 

Looking Up: Diamonds Off The Sole Of His Shoe

Nov 21, 2016
Credit & Copyright: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, J.-C. Cuillandre (CFHT), Coelum / NASA

This week on Looking Up we learn about yet another object Charles Messier looked down on - the open star cluster, M35.  

Do you like to look at babies? What about really pretty babies? What about really pretty babies that are only hundred million years old? Well, have I got a star cluster for you – Messier object number 35. And you can find it in southern Colorado skies right now, a little bit to the east of the left foot of the right-hand twin in the constellation Gemini.

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As the 9am bell rings at Chavez Huerta Preparatory Academy - a charter school on Pueblo's west side - kids make their way between small classroom buildings scattered about the campus. In a little room in one of those buildings, a handful of students tune up for their morning music class.

Looking Up: No Mythgivings

Nov 14, 2016
William Morris letter J by Kuba / open clipart

This week on Looking Up Hal informs us of a relatively 'new' constellation. It's called Sculptor.

Today let’s do something a little different. In past episodes of Looking Up, we talked about bright and shiny things up in the sky. We talked about constellations like Orion and Ursa Major, that shine brilliantly in the southern Colorado sky. But today let’s talk about the constellation you likely have never heard of, and very likely have never seen, the constellation known as Sculptor. 

Looking UP: Ex-cetus

Nov 7, 2016
NASA, ESA, André van der Hoeven

This week on Looking Up Hal speculates on why a strange galaxy (M77) is in such a hurry to leave the company of the Milky Way.  

Is it something we said? Why are you leaving? You know the phrase, “keeping your distance?” Well, there is one galaxy that seems to be taking this idea to a whole new level.

The 77th object in Charles Messier’s famous catalog of interesting things in the sky, is a galaxy in the constellation Cetus, visible in southern Colorado skies right now. 

91.5 KRCC

On this episode of Air Check we dive into the local punk music scene with the local group Cheap Perfume,  Vicky hosts the Denver based band Paper Bird for an in studio performance and interview, Jake heads to the Chavez Huerta Preparatory Academy in Pueblo to uncover the makings of mariachi music, and Mike Love of the Beach Boys talks with Vicky about lyrics on demand and meditating with the Beatles and Maharishi. All that, AND three of our favorite new songs. 

Jake Brownell / KRCC

On August 25th, after months of behind the scenes discussions, Colorado College and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts center announced an historic alliance to integrate the FAC into the college. The announcement came after prolonged financial challenges at the arts center, stemming in part from a $30 million renovation in 2006. 

Jake Brownell / KRCC

91.5 KRCC and KCME have joined forces to explore the new alliance between the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center  and  Colorado College.  Join us for an hour long program this Wednesday at 7pm and Sunday at 8pm as we hear from artists, gallery owners, and commentators, and present listener questions to CC President Jill Tiefenthaler, and FAC President David Dahlin.

 

Looking Up: Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2016
ESA/Hubble, NASA

On this Halloween edition of Looking Up we hear about a vampire star.  

The leaves are mostly off the trees, pumpkins abound, and the spooky holiday of Halloween has arrived. Tonight the streets will be filled with all manner of ghosts and goblins, and probably quite a few Harry Potter’s. But if Count Dracula arrives at your door, you might let the little one know about a far bigger vampire -- the vampire star SS Leporis! 

Looking Up: See Salt?

Oct 24, 2016
NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

This week on Looking Up we learn about Ceres, an object first thought to be a planet, then designated an asteroid, and now considered to be a dwarf planet.

Can I be Ceres for a moment? I want to talk to you about the planet, I mean asteroid, I mean dwarf planet, visible in southern Colorado skies right now. In 1801, a Sicilian astronomer went looking for what was thought to be a missing planet between Mars and Jupiter. And there he found the object we today call Ceres

Jake Brownell / 91.5 KRCC

In a nondescript gymnasium behind Immanuel Lutheran Church in Colorado Springs, there lives an incredible instrument. It's affectionately known as the "Mighty Kremer Wonder Organ," or "Kremer Opus One," and it's the largest theater pipe organ in Colorado.

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