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Northrop Sponsors National Science Radio Program

northrop-Grumman_BLUENorthrop Grumman has partnered with the University of Texas’ McDonald Observatory to serve as the official sponsor of a daily science radio show beginning Sept. 1.

“StarDate” provides listeners two minutes of information about astronomy and astrology and offers updates on space research and missions, the university said Wednesday.

David Lambert, a university director, said Northrop aims to help grow the observatory’s science-focused educational radio programs across the country.

The show has an online version that provides listeners stargazing tips, graphical information and facts about the black hole, extrasolar planets and the universe.

Northrop has worked with NASA on astronomy programs such as the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, Chandra X-ray Observatory and the James Webb Space Telescope.

The McDonald Observatory is home to the 29.5-foot Hobby-Eberly telescope and serves as a research partner in the Giant Magellan Telescope project.

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