Night Sky

Accelerating Plans To Go Back To The Moon

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light listeners each month for the Night Sky segment

COD Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light listeners each month for the Night Sky segment

Each month on the First Sunday on First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what back yard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky in the coming weeks. With the 50th anniversary of  Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, Joe and Brian started their conversation this month with a discussion of stepped up plans to send people back to the lunar surface

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An Explanation of The Northern Lights

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Each month on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and to offer guidance for backyard astronomers. This month, Brian and Joe started their conversation with an explanation of the northern lights

A recent photo of the Aurora Borealis looked to some like a dragon descending from the sky (photo courtesty of NASA.gov)

A recent photo of the Aurora Borealis looked to some like a dragon descending from the sky
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February's Night Sky

Image of Bedin-1, an ancient and little changed galaxy (image courtesy of NASA.gov)

Image of Bedin-1, an ancient and little changed galaxy (image courtesy of NASA.gov)

Every month on the first Sunday of the month, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of astronomy, space news, and what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky over the next several weeks. This month’s conversation got started with questions about a fossil galaxy

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College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto offers a public talk about the Hubble Space telescope next Saturday night (February 9) at COD

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto offers a public talk about the Hubble Space telescope next Saturday night (February 9) at COD

Images From The Edge Of The Solar System

The New Horizons space probe sent an image of a distant object from the edge of the solar system back to researchers on Earth this week (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

The New Horizons space probe sent an image of a distant object from the edge of the solar system back to researchers on Earth this week (photo courtesy of NASA.gov)

On the first Sunday of each month College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe to talk a little space news and to let backyard astronomers know what they can expect to see in the coming month. Before we could get to the night sky, there was big space news this week from the edge of the solar system

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Insight & The December Night Sky

College of DuPage Astronomy Professor Joe DalSanto

College of DuPage Astronomy Professor Joe DalSanto

Every month on the first Sunday at First Light…College of DuPage Astronomy Joe DalSanto joins me for a discussion of space news and a preview of what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky this month. Last month we talked about a couple of NASA missions that were coming to an end…so of course this month we spent some time talking about a mission that’s just getting underway on the surface of the red planet

One of the first pictures sent back to Earth from the Mars lander Insight

One of the first pictures sent back to Earth from the Mars lander Insight

The Mission of Two Explorers Comes To an End

Each month, on the first Sunday, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe for a discussion of what backyard astronomers can expect to see in the night sky. Joe and Brian also take some time to talk about the latest space news.

The Mars rover Opportunity stopped responding to communication from NASA, a massive dust storm likely coated the rover’s solar panels and ended its ability to generate power

The Mars rover Opportunity stopped responding to communication from NASA, a massive dust storm likely coated the rover’s solar panels and ended its ability to generate power

The Kepler Space Telescope mission came to an end after nine years of looking for planets outside our solar system

The Kepler Space Telescope mission came to an end after nine years of looking for planets outside our solar system

A Lonely Traveler Cruises Through Our Solar System

Every month here at First Light College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O’Keefe to let you know what you can see in the night sky in the coming weeks. Joe and Brian also take some time to talk about space science. This month, the Night Sky segment includes a discussion of a lonely traveler, a rock from outside our solar system that was first observed about a year ago

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An artist rendering of Oumuamua, a visitor to the Solar System, the first object from outside our solar system to be observed and tracked by astronomers (photo courtesy of Space.com)

An artist rendering of Oumuamua, a visitor to the Solar System, the first object from outside our solar system to be observed and tracked by astronomers (photo courtesy of Space.com)

September's Night Sky

Every month, on the first Sunday of the month at First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins host Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of what you can expect to see in the night sky in the coming month. Joe and Brian also spend some of their time together to discuss discoveries and new developments in the realm of space science

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O'Keefe each month to discuss space science and what there is to see in the night sky

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O'Keefe each month to discuss space science and what there is to see in the night sky

A Japanese space probe is set to land on the asteroid Itokawa in early October. College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto discusses why this piece of rock could say a lot about the early Solar System.

A Japanese space probe is set to land on the asteroid Itokawa in early October. College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto discusses why this piece of rock could say a lot about the early Solar System.

Mars Puts On A Show Right After Sunset

Each month, on the first Sunday of the month, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of what you can see in the night sky in the coming weeks. For August, Mars will continue to be a prominent feature just after sunset, and that renews interest in our closest neighbor in the solar system.

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Mars (center-left) will continue to be prominent in the night sky through August (photo courtesy of NASA)

Mars (center-left) will continue to be prominent in the night sky through August (photo courtesy of NASA)

Mars Takes Center Stage in July's Night Sky

For the first Sunday of each month on First Light, College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins Brian O'Keefe for a discussion of the wonders you can expect to see in the night sky over the next several weeks. Brian and Joe also take time to talk a little about the science of astronomy…recent discoveries and expected explorations

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto

Rethinking What Exo-planet Discoveries Mean

College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins First Light host Brian O'Keefe on the first Sunday of each month for a discussion of the night sky. They talk about what there is to see in the coming month. This month, Brian and Joe also spent some time talking about exo-planets, the planets researchers have found around distant stars.

College of DuPage Astronomy Professor Joe DalSanto

College of DuPage Astronomy Professor Joe DalSanto

Remembering Stephen Hawking

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Every month here at First Light…College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe DalSanto joins me for our ‘Because the Night’ segment. With the change of seasons some planets and constellations are coming into view…while others become less visible. This month we started our conversation by remembering one of the great minds of astronomy and astro-physics

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COD Professor Explains 'Exoplanets'

About once a month, here at First Light host Brian O'Keefe spends some time tilting his head back to look up at the night sky with College of DuPage Astronomy professor Joe
DalSanto. This month they got started on this Super Bowl Sunday with conversation about last week’s Super Blue Blood moon.

image courtesy of NASA.gov

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