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David Dickinson
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24 years ago today: STS-31 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center with the Hubble Space telescope in its cargo bay. Now in its 25th year of service!

  http://www.listosaur.com/science-a-technology/10-spectacular-images-hubbles-first-25-years/
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5 Questions to Ponder About Alcohol: some  curious scientific facts about the chemical compound:
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April showers not only bring May flowers, but also the Lyrid Meteors, peaking over the next few mornings:
The month of April doesn’t only see showers that bring May flowers: it also brings the first dependable meteor shower of the season. We’re talking about the Lyrid meteors, and although 2014 finds the circumstances for this meteor shower as less than favorable, there’s still good reason to get out this weekend and early next…
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SpaceX launch of CRS3 set to occur today at 19:25UT/3:25PM EDT from the Cape... will be updating sighting prospects, our post on the mission from last month:
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Yay: The current tetrad of lunar eclipses began earlier this week... no end of the world seen. Our two cents on the #BloodMoon gloom and doom: 
 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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We lost a hero of the Space Age last week: Remembering John Houbolt, the Man Who Gave Us Lunar Orbit Rendezvous: 
The space community lost a colossus of the of the Apollo era last week, when John Houbolt passed away last Tuesday just five days after his 95th birthday. Perhaps the name isn’t as familiar to many as Armstrong or Von Braun, but John Houbolt was a pivotal figure in getting us to the Moon. Born…
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Sure... but have you ever seen a planet... occult a star? Australian observers did just last week:  

http://astroguyz.com/2014/04/19/astro-vid-of-the-week-captured-venus-occults-a-naked-eye-star/
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April 2014-Life in the Astro-Blogosphere: Tales of Totality: a lifetime of lunar eclipses:
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Astro-Vid of the Week: Adventures in Eclipse Webcasting. Our early morning efforts to document the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 for +Space Fan News! 
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Some great reader pics of last night's total lunar eclipse now pouring in to +Universe Today :
Did the Moon appear a little on crimson side to you last night? It’s not your imagination, but it was a fine textbook example of a total lunar eclipse. This was the first total lunar eclipse visible from the Earth since late 2011, and the first of four visible from the Americas over the next…
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Free-lance science writer, backyard astronomer, science fiction author
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astronomy, space, telescope making and observing, writing
Employment
  • USAF
    MSgt, 1986 - 2007
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Tampa, Florida
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Science teacher, retired military (USAF) & optical athlete living the romantic & feral life of a free-lance science writer & wanna-be scifi author.
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Graduated 1986, Presque Isle High Maine  20+ year enlisted USAF, backyard astronomer.
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Published scifi poet, saw Pluto once in a 14" scope.
Education
  • CCAF
    Aircraft Armament, 1986 - 2002
  • WGU
    Earth Science teaching, 2007 - 2011
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