StarDate Radio


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To help celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Einstein's publication on special relativity the CGWP collaborated with McDonald Observatory on four StarDate episodes that aired in June 2005. Three episodes on gravitational waves will air in April 2006.

Penn State StarDate press release, 27 June 2005.

Written scripts and audio files are available for all StarDate episodes on the StarDate homepage.

  • 27 June 2005: Gravity - In this episode you'll hear about Newton's and Einstein's view of Gravity
  • 28 June 2005: Gravitational Waves - On this day you'll learn more about the binary pulsar system PSR 1913+16, a system that provides indirect evidence for gravitational waves.
  • 29 June 2005: Gravitational Waves II - On this StarDate you'll hear about a new window that is opening on the Universe, made possible by gravitational wave astronomy
  • 30 June 2005: Special Relativity - While not a "formally" CGWP-sponsored episode, we also worked with StarDate on the June 30th script on Special Relativity, which fits nicely into the week's theme.
  • 1 July 2005: Speed of Gravity - In this episode you'll learn how astronomers will investigate the propagation speed of gravitational waves as compared to the speed of light.
  • 26 April 2006: Twirling Timebomb - This episode explores binary star systems containing a white dwarf and how future gravitational wave measurements will help astronomers learn more about these stellar corpses.
  • 27 April 2006: Rippling Encounters - On this StarDate hear about astronomers explore what happens occurs when two massive black holes meet.
  • 28 April 2006: Star Probes - Hear about how gravitational waves may help astronomers probe the composition of dense, exotic stars.