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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Observing Challenge: 6 White Dwarf Stars to See in Your Backyard Telescope

by David Dickinson July 18, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Looking for something off beat to observe? Some examples of curious astronomical objects lie within the reach of the dedicated amateur armed with a moderate-sized backyard telescope. With a little skill and persistence, you just might be able to track down […]

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Would the Real ‘SuperMoon’ Please Stand Up?

by David Dickinson July 8, 2014

‘Tis the season once again, when rogue Full Moons nearing perigee seem roam the summer skies to the breathless exhortations of many an astronomical neophyte at will. We know… by now, you’d think that there’d be nothing new under the Sun (or in this case, the Moon) to write about the closest Full Moons of […]

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A Spectacular Set of Conjuctions on Tap for the Moon, Mars and Saturn this Weekend

by David Dickinson July 3, 2014

Got clear skies this July 4th weekend? The Moon passes some interesting cosmic environs in the coming days, offering up some photogenic pairings worldwide and a spectacular trio of occultations for those well placed observers who find themselves along the footprint of these events. Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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How to See Pluto at Opposition as New Horizons Crosses the One Year Out Mark

by David Dickinson June 30, 2014

Are you ready for 2015? On July 14th, 2015 — just a little over a year from now — NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft with perform its historic flyby of Pluto and its retinue of moons. Flying just 10,000 kilometres from the surface of Pluto — just 2.5% the distance from Earth to the Moon on […]

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The Making of the Pillars of Creation

by David Dickinson June 26, 2014

It’s one of the most iconic images of the modern Space Age. In 1995, the Hubble Space Telescope team released an image of towering columns of gas and dust that contained newborn stars in the midst of formation. Dubbed the “Pillars of Creation,” these light-years long tendrils captivated the public imagination and now grace everything […]

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