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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

December 11-17: Morning beauty

The Moon joins a bright star and two bright planets in the early morning sky this week, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about a meteor shower and about some seasonal celebrations.

December 18-24: Changing seasons

Winter arrives in the northern hemisphere this week, and we’ll explain how it’s all a matter of astronomy. We’ll also talk about an iffy meteor shower, a dwarf with rings, and much more.

December 25-31: Holiday skies

The week begins with Christmas and ends with New Year’s Eve, and there’s plenty in the night sky to enhance your enjoyment of both of them. Join us for beautiful holiday skies and much more.