astronomy en Total Lunar Eclipse <p></p><p>Iowans can join others across North America to view an astronomical phenomenon very early Tuesday morning. &nbsp;Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa Steven Spangler says a total lunar eclipse will begin at one am and last for about an hour and half…</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:43:02 +0000 Julie Englander 39061 at Total Lunar Eclipse From 1.8 Million Years Ago to Thousands of Light-Years Away <p>Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer checks in with an astronomer here in Iowa, who has found something new while observing a solar system about 3,000 light years from Earth… A discovery that gives us insight on how alien solar systems are structured.</p><p>And, we look into the discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old human skull in Europe that has ignited debate on the origins of distinct species of ancient human relatives.</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 21:27:13 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 30902 at From 1.8 Million Years Ago to Thousands of Light-Years Away Reaching Outer Limits <p>It’s taken more than three decades for NASA’s Voyager 1 to travel about 11 billion miles to reach the outskirts of our solar system and continue on into interstellar space. Today on River to River, we hear from research scientist, Bill Kurth, about his work on some of the spacecraft’s equipment that was built and operated by the University of Iowa.</p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 20:07:42 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Ben Stanton & Emily Woodbury 29229 at Reaching Outer Limits All Things Cosmic, With Neil deGrasse Tyson <p>Asteroids, galaxies, aliens, and space travel...we cover it all on this edition of River to River. Renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, joins us to weigh in on all things cosmic.</p><p>He will be in Iowa on Monday, April 15, for a lecture at the Iowa Memorial Union in Iowa City. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.</p><p></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:29:05 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Emily Woodbury 19069 at All Things Cosmic, With Neil deGrasse Tyson The End of the World <p>How will the world end and what can we do to prevent it? "River to River" talks with Paul Wapner, an expert in global environmental politics about the human suffering extreme climate change continues to cause.</p><p>Also University of Iowa astrophysicist Steve Spangler joins us to discuss the asteroid that will be whizzing by Earth—at a distance a bit too close for comfort—on Friday.&nbsp; We’ll ask Spangler about the possibility of a massive asteroid destroying our planet in the near future.</p><p></p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:09:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer 15039 at The End of the World