The science radio program Universo will celebrate its 15th anniversary of daily Spanish-language broadcasts on skywatching and astronomy on 4/1. The program includes a special focus on the contributions of Latino scientists and the skylore of Mesoamerican cultures.
Produced by The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory, Universo airs on about 100 stations across the United States, Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador and Venezuela, reaching about 2.2 million listeners daily. Recently, the show has become more easily accessible to radio stations through free, production-quality digital downloading of programs.
The program is recorded at Ixtlan studios in El Paso. Teresa “Fendi” de la Cruz has hosted Universo from the beginning. Production for Universo is funded by the Friends of McDonald Observatory and an anonymous donor, with additional support from NASA and the National Science Foundation. The program is available for sponsorship.