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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.

40 Years and Counting!

StarDate is radio’s longest-running nationally aired science program. It began in 1977 as a daily telephone message service by McDonald Observatory. It was picked up by Austin radio station KLBJ-FM, and aired as “Have You Seen the Stars Tonight” beginning in June 1977. With a grant from the National Science Foundation the program became “Star Date,” and began airing nationally, seven days per week, on October 1, 1978. It quickly reached more than 1,000 radio stations across the country. Read more »

Today on StarDate

July 15-21: The Adventure Begins

The most daring of all space missions took flight 50 years ago this week, and we’ll have details on the mission, its genesis, and much more. Join us for Apollo 11 – the first flight to the Moon.

July 22-28: The Moon

Half a century after the Apollo missions, their accomplishments are still teaching scientists about the Moon, and we’ll have details. Join us for moonrocks, Moon reflectors, and Moon plans plus much more.

July 29-August 4: Paying a Call

The giant planet Jupiter passes a giant star cluster this week, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about black holes in the heart of the Milky Way and much more. Join us for the Moon, black holes, and more.