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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

August 14-20: Eclipse week

The most spectacular of all skywatching events is almost here: a total solar eclipse. It’ll streak across the United States next Monday, and we’ll get you prepared with tales of this and other eclipses all week long.

August 21-27: Swallowed star

A black hole in another galaxy may have swallowed the star that gave it birth, and we’ll have details. We’ll also talk about a bright light in the lunar night, and new moons for a giant planet. Join us for this and much more.

August 28-31: Zone of death

If a supernova erupts within a few dozen light-years of Earth, it could be bad news for life on our planet, and we’ll tell you just where the danger zone is. Join us for exploding stars, plus a distant discovery and more.