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David Dickinson
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An intriguing recent discovery of a 5-star system led us to research the curious realm of heavy-weight multiples.... just how man stars can a system possess? It's Astronomers Spot a fascinating '5-Star' System on +Universe Today - 
An interesting multiple star discovery turned up in the ongoing hunt for exoplanetary systems. The discovery was announced by Marcus Lohr of Open University early this month at the National Astrono...
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The Search for ET got a boost earlier this week, with the announcement of the Breakthrough Listen initiative. Here's our rundown on the past, present and possible future of SETI on Sen ($):  
A new effort is announced in the search for life in the Universe. David Dickinson looks at the latest effort to search for E.T. and look back at some of the key developments in the history of searching for alien life on distance worlds.
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The most distant solar eclipse ever observed occurred last week, as New Horizons flew briefly through the shadows of Pluto and Charon, as  featured on our Astronomy Video of the Week: Alice Sees Pluto Occult the Sun:
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Selection does not guarantee perfection, as we wrote about recently in our post on 5 Imperfections in Human Evolution on www.listosaur.com:  
The process of evolution doesn't always get things right, which is why humans suffer from ailments such as appendicitis, back problems and gum disease.
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And there. Caught up. Here's our latest free fiction Friday post from this past weekend, with Chapter 6 of The Cloaked Promise from our Solar Winds epic:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JH2909O
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The announcement of the discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background turns 50 this year... Here's our look at 50 Years of the CMB on Sen ($): 
The discovery of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) by Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson turns 50 this year. Dave Dickinson tells the story of the 1965 discovery.
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More intriguing exoplanet news from the past week, as researchers announced the discovery of Kepler-452b, a possible super-Earth located in the habitable zone: 
NASA's Kepler space telescope team announces the discover of a super Earth orbiting its host star in the habitable zone.
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Sure, you've seen Europa and Titan... but how 'bout Himalia, or Triton? Here's our complete guide to every moon in the solar system in range of amateur astronomers, from easy to difficult. It's Moonspotting: A Guide to Observing the Moons of the Solar System on +Universe Today : 
Like splitting double stars, hunting for the faint lesser known moons of the solar system offers a supreme challenge for the visual observer. Sure, you’ve seen the Jovian moons do their dance, and ...
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What an amazing week last week... and there's more to come, as the science of the Pluto flyby gets sorted out. Here's our article on Sen on last week's closeup of Pluto's large moon Charon:
NASA's New Horizons team have released a new close-up image of Pluto's moon Charon showing an intriguing feature of a mountain sitting in a moat.
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Is Kapteyn b not to be? Our look at the fascinating controversy surrounding the on again off again exoplanet: http://www.universetoday.com/121005/is-kapteyn-b-not-to-be/
Are the ancient planets discovered around Kapteyn’s Star for real? As the saying goes, all that glitters isn’t gold, and the same could be said in the fast-paced hunt for exoplanets. In 2014, we re...
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The Earth's axis is tilted... but so is the Sun's. We made this simulation in Starry Night showing the rotation of the Sun throughout the solar year as seen from the Earth. In addition to the tilting left-to-right due to the tilt of the Earth-bound observer, watch for a slight nodding back and forth caused by a 7.25 degree tilt of the Sun's rotational pole relative to the ecliptic:
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Catching up now on all of our recent Free Fiction Friday releases... here's Chapter 5 of the Cloaked Promise, book two from our ongoing Solar Winds saga:
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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.
Introduction
Graduated 1986, Presque Isle High Maine  20+ year enlisted USAF, backyard astronomer.
Bragging rights
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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