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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Looking Up: Our Curiosity for the Opportunity to Explore Mars Perseveres

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.

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? They are also joined by PhD Student in Astrophysics at the University of California - Berkley, Sarafina Nance to discuss how close we can get to predicting the end of Betelgeuse, one of the brightest stars in our sky. Sarafina also shares some of her thoughts on science and astronomy

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 wa tch in 2021 so Dean and Anna wanted to get these on their calendar.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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.

Looking Up: Tanya of Mars

Mars may be the most studied, most discussed planet in our universe. What is this fascination? On this edition, Dean and Anna welcome Dr. Tanya Harrison – geologist, planetary scientist, and purveyor of Professional Martian LLC. She's a science communicator and educator known on social media as Tanya of Mars .

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. He Zooms in with Dean and Anna for a wide-ranging conversation about the Big Bang and dark matter .

Looking Up: Citizen Science

NASA undertakes so many studies and projects that often they call on "citizen scientists" to assist them. Dr. Marc Kuchner , astrophysicist and NASA's Chief Science Officer for Science Mission Directorate, oversees 25 citizen scientist programs and joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman to talk about a couple of them.

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! She's the author of The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) and joins us via Zoom.

Looking Up: Houston, We Have A Podcast!

Gary Jordan is a Public Affairs Officer at NASA and the creator and host of the podcast, Houston, We Have A Podcast . He joins Dean Regas and Anna Hehman via Zoom to talk about how the podcast began, some of the guests that have appeared, and one of Anna's favorite topics, Astronaut Leland Melvin!

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 .

Looking Up: The Return

After a pandemic hiatus, Looking Up is back with new episodes! Dean Regas and Anna Hehman host remotely and spend this episode getting caught up on what's being going on at the Cincinnati Observatory, online, and in space.