David Dickinson

About David Dickinson

David Dickinson is an Earth science teacher, freelance science writer, retired USAF veteran & backyard astronomer. He currently writes and ponders the universe from Tampa Bay, Florida.

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Stalking Uranus: A Complete Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season

by David Dickinson September 15, 2014

It’s no joke… now is the time to begin searching the much-maligned (and mispronounced) planet Uranus as it reaches opposition in early October leading up to a very special celestial event. Last month, we looked at the challenges of spying the solar system’s outermost ice giant world, Neptune. Currently located in the adjacent constellation Aquarius, […]

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Tales (Tails?) Of Three Comets

by David Dickinson September 9, 2014

As the Chinese proverb says, “May you live in interesting times,” and while the promise of Comet ISON dazzling observers didn’t exactly pan out as hoped for in early 2014, we now have a bevy of binocular comets set to grace evening skies for northern hemisphere observers. David Dickinson on Google+

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The Nicaragua Crater: The Result of a Meteorite Impact or Not?

by David Dickinson September 8, 2014

By now, you’ve seen the pictures. As astronomers tracked the close pass of Near Earth Asteroid 2014 RC this weekend, reports came out of Nicaragua that a possible meteorite struck near the capital of Managua. Details are still sketchy, but government sources cite reports of a loud bang and ground tremor late Saturday night on […]

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Get Set for the Super (or Do You Say Harvest?) Full Moon 3 of 3 for 2014

by David Dickinson September 3, 2014

Time to dust off those ‘what is a perigee Full Moon’ explainer posts… the supermoon once again cometh this weekend to a sky near you. Yes. One. More. Time. We’ve written many, many times — as have many astronomy writers — about the meme that just won’t die. The supermoon really brings ‘em out, just […]

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Hunting for “Minimoons” Orbiting Earth

by David Dickinson September 2, 2014

It’s an engaging thought experiment. What if Earth had multiple moons?  Our world has one large natural satellite, just over a quarter the diameter, 1/50th the volume, and less than 1/80th the mass of our fair world. In fact, the Earth-Moon system has sometimes been referred to as a “binary planet,” and our Moon stands […]

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