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Stardate for October 12, 2017
7:06 PM - 7:08 PM
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A daily, two-minute look at topics in astronomy and space science from the McDonald Observatory.

"We’re very proud to have kept this show on the air for a quarter-century," said Frank Bash, director of McDonald Observatory. "Millions of people listen to StarDate. We are able to bring a little bit of the fascination of the heavens into their lives every day."

Each month, StarDate offers a balance of astronomy and space-science topics. About half of each month’s programs are related to skywatching: eclipses, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, stars and constellations, and so on. Other topics relate to important anniversaries, recent scientific discoveries, Earth’s place in the cosmos, and related topics that help place astronomy in a broader cultural perspective.

With help from a National Science Foundation grant, Stardate began national distribution in 1978 with writer/producer Deborah Byrd and announcer Joel Block. Now the longest-lived nationally broadcast science module on the nation’s airwaves, StarDate airs on about 400 stations around the country, in most major markets. About half of the stations that air StarDate are public radio stations, and half are commercial. Sandy Wood, StarDate’s current announcer joined the show in 1991.

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