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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Remembering the “World War I Eclipse”

by David Dickinson August 20, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The paths of total solar eclipses care not for political borders or conflicts, often crossing over war-torn lands. Such was the case a century ago this week on August 21st, 1914 when a total solar eclipse crossed over Eastern Europe shortly […]

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A Spectacular Dawn Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Set For August 18th

by David Dickinson August 13, 2014

“What are those two bright stars in the morning sky?” About once a year we can be assured that we’ll start fielding inquires to this effect, as the third and fourth brightest natural objects in the sky once again meet up. We’re talking about a conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Venus. Venus has been […]

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Get Set For Super (Duper?) Moon 2 of 3 For 2014

by David Dickinson August 4, 2014

You could be forgiven for thinking this summer that the “supermoon” is now a monthly occurrence. But this coming weekend’s Full Moon is indeed (we swear) the closest to Earth for 2014. What’s going on here? Well, as we wrote one synodic month ago — the time it takes for the Moon to return to […]

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When Good Meteor Showers Go Bad: Prospects for the 2014 Perseids

by David Dickinson July 28, 2014

It’s that time of year again, when the most famous of all meteor showers puts on its best display. Why are the Perseids such an all ‘round favorite of sky watchers?  Well, while it’s true that other annual meteor showers such as the Quadrantids and Geminids can exceed the Perseids in maximum output, the Perseids do […]

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Having Fun with the Equation of Time

by David Dickinson July 25, 2014

If you’re like us, you might’ve looked at a globe of the Earth in elementary school long before the days of Google Earth and wondered just what that strange looking figure eight thing on its side was. Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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