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

October 27-31: Running in Place

The planet Mars is stuck for a while. Although it’s moving against the background of stars, it’s staying in the same spot in the evening sky. We’ll have details, plus some Halloween tales from the crypt.

November 17-23: Discovering the Universe

A century ago, astronomers weren’t sure whether there was anything beyond our own galaxy. But a couple of discoveries by Edwin Hubble settled the question. Join us for Hubble and more “universal” discoveries.

November 24-30: Mergers

Galaxies are giant agglomerations of stars that keep getting bigger by merging with other galaxies. We’ll have details on merging galaxies, plus a couple of rare birds in the southern sky and much more.

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