WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Geology Professor Liliana Lefticariu about her upcoming Science Cafe at the Science Center of Southern Illinois, focusing on the Apollo Space Program, and the future of space exploration.

Partnership Brings The Stars To The People

Jul 15, 2019
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

Thanks to a generous donation from the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois, two southern Illinois Libraries have brand new telescopes, for the public to learn about the planets and stars.

Photograph Taken by Bob Baer.

On Sunday, January 20th, 2019 the Moon will be on the receiving end of the Earth's Shadow.  This total Lunar Eclipse will occur around 9:30PM Central Time.

Courtesy of NASA

Now that China has a probe on the far side of the moon, scientists are eager to take advantage of doing research on the side of our satellite that faces away from the electromagnetic clutter of  Earth-borne broadcasts.

On Friday, July 27th, 2018 Mars and the Earth will be in Opposition to each other.  Exactly what does that mean?  Bob Baer, of the SIU Physics Department tells us.

The search for signs of life on planets, moons and other celestial bodies in our solar system is one of NASA's top objectives. That effort has the agency focusing intently on one of Earth's neighbors. Illinois Public Radio's Jason Parrott reports.

L-S-U Test Launches Eclipse Balloon At Saluki Stadium

Jun 22, 2017
WSIU/Kevin Boucher

A team of students and researchers led by Dr. Gregory Guzik, director of the Louisiana Space Grant Consortium at Louisiana State University's Department of Physics and Astronomy made a test flight of a weather balloon recently at Saluki Stadium.  WSIU radio was there with this report.

Eclipse Experts Visit Carbondale

May 1, 2017

NASA officials, and a group of other eclipse experts are in Carbondale for several days going over site surveys and coordinating plans for the August eclipse, which experts say will have the greatest  totality over the city.  Among the logistics being hammered  out are, determining where and how to set up the stage at Saluki Stadium, where to park the satellite trucks,  and how much fiber optic cable is needed for NASA'S Megacast.  The expected crowds from around the world descending onto southern Illinois is also a story in itself; so much so that New York Times' Science Reporter Nicholas St. Fleur  will be spending several days in the area interviewing residents and business owners.  Tomorrow morning (Tuesday May 2nd) at 10 there will be a Facebook Live session originating from the Carbondale Campus featuring officials from NASA, the Goddard Space Center and others.  Michelle Nicholls, Master Educator at the Adler Planetarium is Chicago is also in Carbondale coordinating outreach activities.  Adler says that even for the non–scientist,  knowing what makes an eclipse gives you an appreciation for rare these events are.

3 Big Moments From Space In 2015

Dec 27, 2015

It's been an exciting year for developments in space. NPR Science Correspondent Geoff Brumfiel shares three highlights with host Linda Wertheimer.

Courtesy of NASA

On September 28th, 2015 NASA officially announced that the planet Mars has liquid water at certain times of the year.  WSIU spoke with Dr. Justin Filiberto about the ramifications of the findings.  Dr. Filiberto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology at SIU-C. 

To learn more about Dr. Filiberto's research about Mars, visit:

Venus Shines Before Dawn Highlighting October

Oct 9, 2015
Andy Edelen/Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois

Venus shines brightly in the Eastern sky and can be seen about an hour before sunrise.  To explore other October celestial sights visit the following links:

Astronomy Feature for Friday September 4th, 2015

Sep 4, 2015
Courtesy of NASA

Here is this week's Astronomy feature.  Thank you to the web-site

Make plans to attend a public viewing of the Lunar Eclipse on September 27th SIU Carbondale's Saluki Stadium.  This free outreach event, organized by the SIU-C Physics Department is free, and runs from 8:00PM to 11:30PM.

A Supermoon on This Week's Astronomy Feature

Aug 28, 2015
Kevin Boucher

On this week's Astronomy feature, a full moon on Saturday August 29th, and Cheryl Ernst lets us know what planets can be seen in the west.  Special thanks for Cheryl Ernst and Andy Edelen of the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois

August Astronomy With Cheryl Ernst

Aug 21, 2015

Here is Cheryl Ernst with this week's astronomy feature, which was written by Andy Edelen.

July Astronomy with Cheryl Ernst

Jul 17, 2015
Andy Edelen

The planet Venus, now prominent in the western sky at dusk, will slowly fade this month.  For more about what the night sky holds this month, here is Cheryl Ernst of the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois.  You can visit their website at:

July 10th Astronomy

Jul 10, 2015
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab

On this Friday's Astronomy feature, Computer and Electronics Specialist Bob Baer gives us an update on the New Horizons Spacecraft that is scheduled to pass within 7,000 miles above the Dwarf-Planet Pluto. And tonight, if you look due West at Dusk and after the sun goes down, you can see the planet Venus shining brightly very brightly.  Special thanks to Bob Baer, and the website

A Photo Shoot with Pluto

Jul 10, 2015
New Horizons Spacecraft

On Tuesday, July 14th, NASA's New Horizons Space Probe will pass within 7,000 miles of Pluto, taking high resolution pictures and gathering valuable scientific data. 

May Astronomy Highlights

May 14, 2015

March 2015 Astronomy highlights

Mar 4, 2015

November Astronomy Highlights: The Great Square of Pegasus,the Pleiades Star Clusters  hot young stars, only 100 million years old and Mars is  still visible very low in the southwest.For more information, visit  the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois Website at: