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 1-5: Lonely Star

A single bright star decorates the southeastern evening sky at this time of year. But there’s more to Fomalhaut than meets the eye, including a planet and two far-away stellar companions. Join us for Fomalhaut and more.

October 6-12: Fact and Fantasy

Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the universe, and we’ll talk about three giant black holes in one system, the point of no return, and a common fallacy about black holes. Join us for this and more.

October 13-19: Mars Visitor

A comet is set to streak breathtakingly close to Mars this week, and we’ll have details, along with plans for watching the encounter. We’ll also talk about meteor showers on Mars and Earth. Join us for this and more.

October 20-26: A Stellar “Hiccup.”

Despite its reputation, the North Star isn’t steady at all — it pulses in and out like a beating heart. And a half-century ago, it underwent a “hiccup.” Join us for the North Star, a solar eclipse, and much more.

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.

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