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: The Moon Brushes Past Venus and Covers Mercury This Week

by David Dickinson June 23, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter The summer astronomical action heats up this week, as the waning crescent Moon joins the inner planets at dawn. This week’s action comes hot on the tails of the northward solstice which occurred this past weekend, which fell on June 21st […]

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Asteroid-Turned-Comet 2013 UQ4 Catalina Brightens: How to See it This Summer

by David Dickinson June 17, 2014

Though ISON may have fizzled in early 2014, we’ve certainly had a bevy of binocular comets to track this year. Thus far in 2014, we’ve had comets R1 Lovejoy, K1 PanSTARRS, and E2 Jacques reach binocular visibility. Now, and asteroid-turned-comet is set to put on a fine show this summer for northern hemisphere observers. Remove […]

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It’s Hurricane Season and NASA is Ready Like Never Before

by David Dickinson June 13, 2014

What’s in the cards weather-wise for the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season? Although the start of astronomical summer for the northern hemisphere is still over a week away on June 21st, meteorological summer has already begun and with it, hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th. Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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An Astronomical Eloping: How Rare is a “Friday the 13th Honey Moon?”

by David Dickinson June 11, 2014

Ah, Friday the 13th. Whether you fear it or it’s just your favorite slasher flick, it’s coming right around the bend later this week. And while it’s pretty much a non-event as far as astronomy is concerned, there’s bound to be some woo in the works, because the June Full Moon — dubbed the “Honey […]

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Discovered: Two New Planets for Kapteyn’s Star

by David Dickinson June 4, 2014

The exoplanet discoveries have been coming fast and furious this week, as astronomers announced a new set of curious worlds this past Monday at the ongoing American Astronomical Society’s 224th Meeting being held in Boston, Massachusetts. Now, chalk up two more worlds for a famous red dwarf star in our own galactic neck of the […]

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