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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Webcasts and Forecasts for Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse

by David Dickinson April 14, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Are you ready for some eclipse action? We’re now within 24 hours of the Moon reaching its ascending node along the ecliptic at 13:25 Universal Time (UT)/ 9:25 AM EDT on Tuesday morning and meeting the shadow of the Earth just […]

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Two Observing Challenges: Catch Venus Passing Neptune And Occulting a Bright Star

by David Dickinson April 10, 2014

 Have you been following the planet Venus this season? 2014 sees the brightest planet in our Earthly skies spend a majority of its time in the dawn. Shining at magnitude -3.8, it’s hard to miss in the morning twilight. But dazzling Venus is visiting two unique celestial objects over the next week, and both present […]

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Mars Opposition Season 2014: Images From Around the World

by David Dickinson April 9, 2014

Did you see it? Last night, the Red Planet rose in the east as it passed opposition for 2014, and astrophotographers the world over were ready to greet it.  And although Mars gets slightly closer to us over the coming week, opposition marks the point at which Mars is 180 degrees “opposite” to the setting […]

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The USAF’s Super-Secret X-37B Approaches a Milestone

by David Dickinson April 8, 2014

A secretive mission will pass a quiet milestone at the end of this month when the U.S. Air Force’s unmanned spaceplane the X-37B surpasses 500 days in space. Launched atop an Atlas V rocket flying in a 401 configuration from Cape Canaveral Florida after several delays on December 11th, 2012 on OTV-3, the X-37B has […]

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The Science Behind the “Blood Moon Tetrad” and Why Lunar Eclipses Don’t Mean the End of the World

by David Dickinson April 7, 2014

 By now, you may have already heard the latest tale of gloom and doom surrounding the upcoming series of lunar eclipses. This latest “End of the World of the Week” comes to us in what’s being termed as a “Blood Moon,” and it’s an internet meme that’s elicited enough questions from friends, family and random […]

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