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Review: StarDate Podcast from the McDonald Observatory

1 Jun 2010, 21:46 UTC
Review: StarDate Podcast from the McDonald Observatory
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McDonald Observatory is located in the Davis Mountains, 450 miles west of Austin, and is equipped with a wide range of state-of-the-art instrumentation for imaging and spectroscopy in the optical and infrared, and operates one of the first and most productive lunar ranging stations.
Hot on the heels of yesterday's review of Steve Nerlich's excellent weekly Cheap Astronomy podcast, it's time to share yet another superbly produced podcast with you, this time the daily offering from the McDonald Observatory, Austin, Texas.

There's nothing wrong with being bite-sized, especially when the content is concise and to the point, and the two and half minute StarDate daily podcast is just that.

I first came across StarDate when surfing the iTunes Store for astronomy podcasts, and was hooked immediately. You'll be relieved to hear that despite the name, it has nothing to do with the Star Trek Captain's log, and everything to do with amateur astronomy, it is, after all a public outreach initiative from McDonald Observatory.

StarDate is a relaxing journey through night sky objects that are readily visible to anyone with a pair of binoculars or small telescope. Including as it does the smooth and lovely voice of US radio veteran ...

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