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Radio’s Guide to the Universe

StarDate announcer Sandy WoodStarDate 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.

Today on StarDate

October 16-22: Green giant

Uranus is one of the biggest planets in the solar system, but it’s so far and so faint that it doesn’t get much attention. We’ll change that this week, as the planet puts in its best showing of the year. Join us for Uranus and more.

October 23-29: The princess

The constellation Andromeda climbs the eastern sky on autumn nights, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about a dead but colorful star there, plus a dead star that’s fated to explode. Join us for Andromeda and more.

October 30-November 5: First light

One of the most important telescopes in the history of astronomy took its first peek at the stars a century ago this week, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about the leading light of the hero and much more.