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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

August 21-27: Swallowed star

A black hole in another galaxy may have swallowed the star that gave it birth, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about a bright light in the lunar night, and new moons for a giant planet. Join us for this and much more.

August 28-31: Zone of death

If a supernova erupts within a few dozen light-years of Earth, it could be bad news for life on our planet, and we’ll tell you just where the danger zone is. Join us for exploding stars, plus a distant discovery and more.

September 4-10: Making stars

It takes millions of years to make a star, and we’ll have details. We’ll also explain how stars can either help or hinder the birth of more stars. Join us for stellar birth, plus a possible stellar eclipse and much more.

September 11-17: Final act

It takes millions of years to make a star, and we’ll have details. We’ll also explain how stars can either help or hinder the birth of more stars. Join us for stellar birth, plus a possible stellar eclipse and much more.

September 18-24: Changing seasons

Autumn arrives in the northern hemisphere this week, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about a spot where Americans were watching the seasons change many centuries ago. Join us for the changing seasons and more.

September 25-October 1: Moon meanderings

The Moon has some bright companions in the evening sky this week, including the planet Saturn and the heart of the scorpion. Join us for these beautiful encounters, plus a four-member sextet and much more.