Historical Events

Radio Programs

General Relativity Albert Einstein makes history Monday, November 23, 2015
Leonid Meteors The night the stars fell Monday, November 16, 2015
More Charles Townes Shining a new light on the universe Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Charles Townes Dreaming up a laser beam Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Rock Fight Fighting over a rock from space Saturday, May 2, 2015
Solar Nap The Sun takes a long nap Thursday, April 30, 2015
Twin Monsters Giving life to a classic story Sunday, April 5, 2015
Daylight Saving Time Saving daylight to save energy Saturday, November 1, 2014
Star Time Setting your watch by the stars Tuesday, October 21, 2014
World War II, Part III Science and service in World War II Thursday, September 4, 2014
World War II, Part II European astronomy during the war Wednesday, September 3, 2014
World War II Heading toward World War II Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Ranger 7 A successful crash in the Moon Race Thursday, July 31, 2014
McDonald at 75 The start of a scientific adventure Monday, May 5, 2014
Space Fair A world’s fair for the Space Age Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Lunar Eclipse Changing the course of history Sunday, April 13, 2014
Blackout! The Sun turns out the lights Wednesday, March 12, 2014
War of the Worlds An attack from Mars Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Under Attack Earth is attacked by a star Tuesday, October 29, 2013
July Honoring a famous calendar maker Monday, July 1, 2013
Faith 7 The end of a space-age singles act Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time and Navigation A helpful device for seeing the world Thursday, April 11, 2013
Zapped! Earth gets zapped by cosmic radiation Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Capistrano Meteorite A California town gets a visitor Friday, March 15, 2013
More Moon and Companions A grand era of exploration Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Horse’s Nose The flying horse’s bright nose Sunday, September 23, 2012
Alexandria A city — and a star — fit for a king Friday, July 20, 2012
Apollo 16 Fun and science on the lunar surface Saturday, April 21, 2012
The New Year Bringing the calendar to heel Sunday, January 1, 2012
Grote Reber A new way to study the universe Thursday, December 22, 2011
Saturnalia A modern celebration with old customs Saturday, December 17, 2011
Race to the Pole Racing for the south pole Wednesday, December 14, 2011
John A. Wheeler A new name for invisible stars Saturday, July 9, 2011
Luis Alvarez Subatomic particles and dead dinosaurs Monday, June 13, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part III Ducking cannonfire in the name of science Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Transit of 1761, Part II Dodging cannonfire in the name of science Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Moon or Bust! Setting a lofty national goal Sunday, May 22, 2011
Space Day A double reason to celebrate Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Revolutionary Star Looking for a "revolutionary" star Sunday, April 10, 2011

Featured Images

Illustration of 1833 Leonid meteor storm
Skyfall Monday, November 16, 2015
Views from the 1964 World's Fair
Space Fair Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Superman's back story may have been inspired by an exploding star
Exploding Stars Saturday, December 14, 2013
Skylab in orbit
First Space Station Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Artist's concept of Mariner 2 flying past Venus, December 14, 1962
First Encounter Thursday, December 13, 2012
Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan drives his lunar rover
End of the Road Monday, December 10, 2012
Neil Armstrong aboard the lunar module Eagle, July 21, 1969
Leading the Way Sunday, August 26, 2012
Alan Shepard enters his capsule, then launches aboard Freedom 7, May 5, 1961
A-OK Flight Thursday, May 5, 2011
Launches of Vostok 1, STS-1 (space shuttle Columbia)
Double Date Tuesday, April 12, 2011
China Clipper Sails the Pacific Ocean
Night Over Water Monday, November 22, 2010


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