Radio’s Guide to the Universe

Sandy Wood, voice of StarDateSandy Wood, the voice of StarDateStarDate 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

December 15-21: Distant Neighbors

Astronomers have recently discovered what appear to be the most remote stars yet seen in the Milky Way galaxy. We’ll tell you how far away the stars are and how they might have gotten there.

December 22-28: Doomed Giant

The star at the heel of Orion, the hunter, is destined to explode as a supernova. And if it has any planets, they’re doomed as well. Join us for brilliant Rigel, plus a trip to the movies and much more.

December 29-31: Hailstorm!

Earth and the other worlds of the inner solar system were pelted by a giant hailstorm billions of years ago, and we’ll have details. And we’ll also talk about an astronomer who saw double.


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