Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... April 27, 2017 Show 081 Hour 1

We begin the hour with a look at Astronomy Day at the University of South Dakota. Joel Sander, associate physics professor at USD, joins Dr. Vuk Mandic in the studio to talk about the LIGO collaboration's discovery of gravitational waves and a significant discovery proving some of Einstein’s theory of relativity concepts and other theories about black holes.

SDPB’s Nate Wek joins us for a conversation about The Shift, this time with a visit to the town of Avon for a look at how open enrollment has impacted the district.

New York Times best selling author Dava Sobel visits about her new book, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measures of the Stars. It chronicles the relatively unknown, unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800's through the mid-1900's.

Downtown Rapid City Goes Dark For Earth Hour

Mar 17, 2016
Chynna Lockett / SDPB

Part of downtown Rapid City goes dark this weekend.

It’s in conjunction with a global event called Earth Hour,  where cities around the world are shutting off their lights for an hour.   The event aims to bring awareness to both conservation and light pollution.


Many living in South Dakota are used to seeing the stars at night, but people who live in large cities don’t enjoy the night sky in the same way.

Observatory Turns 50, Star Party Ensues

Sep 10, 2015
Black Hills Astronomical Society

The Hidden Valley Observatory turns 50 this month.   The facility is located  near Saint Martins Monastery just outside of Rapid City.   The Black Hills Astronomical Society held a special star party.

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray spoke with the group's president Dr. George Gladfelter, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and spoke about the history of the observatory. 

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tickets Sell Out In Minutes

Aug 24, 2015

If you were able to land a ticket to see Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson in Rapid City on October 1st you may be the envy of many.

Dr. Tyson is Director of the Hayden Planetarium and a well-known astrophysicist and science communicator.

His lecture is scheduled to take place at the Rapid City Civic Center Theater which has about 1650 seats.   

Tickets went on sale at 10:00 am on Monday and sold out in minutes.

The John T Vucurevich Foundation is hosting the event.  Carmen Hansen is an organizer.  She says she’s pleased at the public response and enthusiasm.

New Horizons Views Pluto

Aug 14, 2015

Author and astronomer Ken Croswell of Berkely, California explained what scientists are learning from New Horizons' fly-by of Pluto.  See more information at