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

April 14-20: Moon Meanderings

It’s a great week for watching the Moon. It begins with a total lunar eclipse while the Moon is close to the planet Mars, and continues with encounters with Saturn and the heart of the scorpion. Join us for the Moon and more.

April 21-27: Headin' for the Fair

The 1964 World's Fair was all about the future — and especially the future of humanity in the stars. Join us for details on this look to the future, plus some neighbor planets in our own solar system and beyond.

April 28-May 4: Distant Planets

Most of the planets discovered in other star systems are quite close to their parent stars. But there’s a lot to learn from planets that are farther out as well. Join us for details on a long-term project that’s looking for these distant planets.

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