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Through the lens with Prof. DalSanto

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rosette_lula_1700“Since I was very young I have been fascinated by our solar system, stars, galaxies and the universe,” said Joe DalSanto, astronomy instructor at the college since 2012.

The space enthusiast, who grew up with his large Italian family in Addison, Illi., earned his master’s in astronomy from James Cook University in 2007, and has been studying astronomy enthusiastically on his own for most of his life.

“Many people have used the word ‘passion’ in describing my love of astronomy,” commented DalSanto, who has literally spent thousands of hours under the night sky. He has observed many objects including the Sun, Moon, all of the planets, binary stars, nebulae, star clusters and even distant galaxies. He has used countless telescopes and even designed and built a number of his own. DalSanto’s adoration has also taken him around the country to observatories in Florida, New Mexico, California, and many others. “This passion is what moves me to share my love for astronomy with students and the public.”

Currently COD offers 1120 “Introduction to Astronomy” class, 1122 “Solar System” lab class, and 1124 “Stars & Galaxies” lab class. In addition, DalSanto presents a free Saturday night astronomy lecture for the public each term and Continuing Education astronomy classes on Friday nights. His first free lecture of the school year, which will be focusing on Saturn, will be Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in HSC 1234.

He is also working hard to improve and expand our astronomy program at the college in hopes of finding many more students interested in the field. Some exciting possibilities include an honors astronomy course for Fall 2014 that may include taking students to an observatory in New Mexico to conduct observations and perform basic research.

“We are studying the feasibility of building an astronomical observatory here on campus for local observing and public viewing,” said DalSanto.

“We are even exploring the possibility of a having a planetarium here on campus to share the universe in a very dramatic way to students and the public.”

He is so grateful to have such appreciative students and enjoys helping them appreciate our place in this amazing universe.

DalSanto also loves how the people he’s met at the college are so enthusiastic and supportive in serving our students. “I feel I am where I should be – using my time, energy and talents to contribute to quality education.”

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