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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

January 23-29: The giraffe

The constellation Camelopardalis, the giraffe, isn’t much to look at with the eye alone. But binoculars and telescopes reveal some celestial treasures there, and we’ll tell you about a few of them. Join us for the giraffe and more.

January 30-February 5: Moon meanderings

The Moon passes several bright points of light in the night sky this week, including the planets Venus and Mars, and the star Aldebaran, the “eye” of the bull. Join us for the Moon and its companions, plus much more.