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

August 3-9: Magnetars

It may sound like a villain from a Marvel comic book, but a magnetar is really the “corpse” of a once-mighty star — and the most powerful magnet in the universe. Join us for magnetars and much more.

August 10-16: Galactic Hub

The center of our Milky Way galaxy is filled with massive stars, massive gas clouds, and a supermassive black hole. Join us for details on the galactic center, plus a look at the Perseid meteors and more.

August 17-23: Moon meanderings

The Moon moves by a couple of colorful objects this week — the golden planet Saturn and the orange star Antares, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about some astronomical discoveries made in an unusual lab.

August 24-30: Hunting Planets

Astronomers at McDonald Observatory are hunting for a special class of planets, known as cold Jupiters. They can tell us a lot about whether our own solar system is different from the rest or just one of the pack.


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