Radio’s Guide to the Universe

StarDate announcer Sandy WoodStarDate announcer Sandy WoodStarDate debuted in 1978, making it the longest-running national radio science feature in the country. It airs on more than 300 radio stations.

StarDate tells listeners what to look for in the night sky, and explains the science, history, and skylore behind these objects. It also keeps listeners up to date on the latest research findings and space missions. And it offers tidbits on astronomy in the arts and popular culture, providing ways for people with diverse interests to keep up with the universe.

StarDate is a production of The University of Texas McDonald Observatory, which also produces the Spanish-language Universo Online web site and the bi-monthly StarDate magazine.

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Today on StarDate

January 26-31: Going Underground

Most astronomical observations are made from high above the surface — from mountaintops, airplanes, and spacecraft. But some are made from far below the surface, and we’ll have details.

February 2-8: Moon Meanderings

The Moon passes several bright nightlights this week, including the solar system’s largest planet and a star that’s associated with the autumn harvest. Join us every day for the Moon and much more.

February 9-15: The Unicorn

To the eye alone, the celestial unicorn is a bit disappointing. Through a telescope, though, it’s a wonderland of colorful nebulas, exploding stars, and much more. Join us for the unicorn and much more.

February 16-22: Galactic Arms

Spiral galaxies are some of the most beautiful sights in the cosmos, and we’ll tell you how their beautiful spiral arms take shape, and pinpoint our own spiral arm in the Milky Way. Join us for spiral galaxies and more.

February 23-March 1: A Bright Beacon

The second-brightest star in the night sky peeks into view for parts of the country at this time of year, and we’ll have details. We’ll also tell you how the star has helped guide explorers on Earth and out in space.


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