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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

June 26-30: Fireworks

Two stars recently merged, producing a big outburst of pyrotechnics as they did so. And a similar system appears to be ready for a similar outburst in a few years. Join us for stellar fireworks and much more.

July 3-9: Zapped!

A star in the scorpion is zapping a companion with a powerful particle beam. And a star in the wolf is getting ready to zap everything around it when it blows up. Join us for these powerful stars and much more.

July 10-16: The Scorpion

From its three-star head to its two-star stinger, Scorpius is one of the brightest denizens of summer’s evening skies. And we’ll tell you all about it, including why so many of its stars are so bright. Join us for the scorpion and more.