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

by David Dickinson June 30, 2014

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

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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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Observing Challenge: The Moon Brushes Past Venus and Covers Mercury This Week

by David Dickinson June 23, 2014

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 in 2014, marking the start of astronomical summer in the northern hemisphere and winter […]

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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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