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

September 1-6: Two Stars from One

Two stars may sometimes merge to form a single star, triggering a spectacular outburst in the process. We’ll have details on these brilliant mergers, plus the story of the first female astronomy professor and much more.

September 7-13: Close Neighbor

Our closest neighbor star was discovered a century ago this month, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about searches for planets around the star, and a planet that’s been found around a companion star. Join us for Proxima Centauri and more.

September 14-20: Giant Neighbor

The Andromeda galaxy is a beautiful giant — a cosmic spiral that’s probably bigger than our own galaxy. It’s also closer to us than any other major galaxy. Join us for the Andromeda galaxy, plus a beautiful dawn lineup and much more.

September 21-27: Lunar Eclipse

There’s a total lunar eclipse coming up soon — a blood harvest super Moon — and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about the changing of the seasons, a bright morning lineup, and much more.

September 28-30: The Princess

The constellation Andromeda is climbing into the eastern sky, and we’ll talk about the princess and some of her stellar charms other than the famous Andromeda galaxy. Join us for Andromeda and more.


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