Radio’s Guide to the Universe

StarDate announcer Sandy WoodStarDate 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.

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Today on StarDate

October 1-4: Cosmic Static

A sort of radio “static” fills the universe — the afterglow of the Big Bang. We’ll have details on the cosmic microwave background, plus two rare stellar gems and much more.

October 5-11: Moon Meanderings

The Moon passes by some impressive lights in the early morning sky this week, including four of the five planets that are easily visible to the unaided eye. Join us for the Moon and some beautiful companions, plus much more.

October 12-18: Planets Galore

Astronomers keep finding planets in other star systems, and we’ll have details on a few of them — including one that may be covered with giant volcanoes. Join us for planets in and beyond our solar system, plus much more.

October 19-25: Bright Siblings

One of the most impressive stars in our region of the galaxy is actually two stars, and both of them are monsters. And they’re both destined to get a lot more monstrous as they age. Join us for Eta Carina and much more.

October 26-November 1: Ghostly Messengers

The particles known as neutrinos are hard to catch — they zip right through everything. Yet it’s important to catch them because they come directly from the heart of the Sun, revealing details about how stars work. Join us for neutrinos and more.


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