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

by David Dickinson August 4, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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

by David Dickinson July 18, 2014

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 a white dwarf star.  Remove this ad David Dickinson on Google+

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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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