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 Neptune: A Guide to the 2014 Opposition Season

by David Dickinson August 28, 2014

Never seen Neptune? Now is a good time to try, as the outermost ice giant world reaches opposition this weekend at 14:00 Universal Time (UT) or 10:00 AM EDT on Friday, August 29th. This means that the distant world lies “opposite” to the Sun as seen from our Earthly perspective and rises to the east […]

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Astronomy History and Future Come Together at the South Carolina State Museum

by David Dickinson August 25, 2014

Seeking out science and astronomy in South Carolina? You’re in luck, as we’re pleased to report the South Carolina State Museum’s brand-spanking new planetarium and astronomical observatory opened to the public earlier this month. David Dickinson on Google+

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Remembering the “World War I Eclipse”

by David Dickinson August 20, 2014

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 after the outbreak of World War I. David Dickinson on Google+

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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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