WVSI FM (88.9) will be off-the-air today (8/23) beginning at 11am for ongoing tower maintenance.Listen Online


Planetary Radio Live with Matt Kaplan


Join Planetary Radio host MAT KAPLAN for two interactive panel discussions and audience Q&A sessions covering a wide range of eclipse-related topics - from eclipse basics and what to expect, to amateur astronomy, astrophotography, and more!

Eclipse Content and activities are sponsored locally by:



 Eclipse Specials on WSIU Public Television

LIVE Coverage from NASA | Mon, Aug. 21 from 10am-3:30pm
Join WSIU as we capture Solar Eclipse activities on the SIU campus! Join us for interviews with NASA scientists station at SIU’s Saluki Stadium.

NOVA: Eclipse Over America | Mon, Aug. 21 @ 8pm (repeats 8/23 @ 7pm)
Join scientists and citizens alike as they observe the first total solar eclipse to traverse the US mainland in more than a generation. Discover the storied history of eclipse science and follow current, cutting-edge research into the solar corona.

The Farthest - Voyager in Space | Wed, Aug. 23 @ 8pm
(repeats 8/24 @ 1am; 8/25 @3am; 8/27 @ 1am)
Launched in 1977, NASA's epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

John Glenn: A Life of Service | Fri, Jul. 21 @ 10pm (repeats 7/23 @ 3pm)
This film chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn's distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues. The film captures the pivotal events in John Glenn's life: his humble beginnings in Depression-era Ohio, his life-changing ride-along with a barnstormer, his enlistment following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, his 122 combat missions during World War II and the Korean War, his envelope-pushing exploits as a Naval test pilot, and his transition to astronaut during the Cold War. Learn more.

Spacemen: American Experience | Watch Full Episode Online
Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program. Learn more.

Visioneer - The Peter Diamandis Story
Visioneer tells the story of Peter's vision to create the "X Prize," a $10 million contest meant to encourage the creation of new space vehicles and a whole new space industry. Through hard work, passion, and a never-say-die attitude, Peter and his colleagues managed to overcome hurdle after hurdle to create the Ansari X Prize and help usher in a new era of private space flight. Learn more.

 Eclipse Specials on WSIU Public Radio