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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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

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

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Night of the Red Planet: Mars Opposition 2014 Coming Soon!

by David Dickinson April 3, 2014

Mars attacks and comes to a night sky near you this month, and the folks at the Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh are bringing it to you live and in color. Unlike most planets, “Mars viewing season” comes around only once about every two years. And while Mars is shining bright in the sky right […]

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Get Ready for the April 15, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse: Our Complete Guide

by David Dickinson April 2, 2014

 April the 15th: In the United States, it’s a date dreaded by many, as the date to file taxes – or beg for an extension – looms large. But this year, Tax Day gives lovers of the sky something to look forward to, as the first of four total lunar eclipses for 2014 and 2015 […]

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Observing Alert: Watch the Moon Cross the Hyades This Week

by David Dickinson March 31, 2014

A photogenic grouping greets evening sky watchers this week providing a fine teaser leading up to a spectacular eclipse. On the evening of Thursday, April 3rd headed into the morning of the 4th, the waxing crescent Moon crosses in front of the Hyades open star cluster.  This is the V-shaped asterism that marks the head […]

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Adventures in (Radio) Amateur Astronomy

by David Dickinson March 28, 2014

 Is there truly anything new under the Sun? Well, when it comes to amateur astronomy, many observers are branching out beyond the optical. And while it’s true that you can’t carry out infrared or X-ray astronomy from your backyard — or at least, not until amateurs begin launching their own space telescopes — you can […]

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