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David Dickinson
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Were just over two years out from a spectacular total solar eclipse over the US on August 21st, 2017... here's our proposal to replicate a famous 1919 experiment, using the nearby bright star Regulus: 
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Our latest Free Fiction Friday offering... Here's Shadowfall Chapter 3. The final installment of the story is out tomorrow!

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JH2909O
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The April 4th lunar eclipse was a grand spectacle... but was it really total? We tracked down some experts recently for an interesting discussion on the subject: 
Millions of viewers across the western United States and across the Pacific, to include Australia and New Zealand were treated to a fine Easter weekend lunar eclipse on Saturday. And while this was...
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Enter the Dragon: SpaceX's CRS-6 mission is set to launch from the KSC tomorrow... and we'll have some fine opportunities to spot it as Dragon and friends chase the ISS on Monday and Tuesday night: 
Hunting for satellites from your backyard can be positively addicting. Sure, the Orion Nebula or the Andromeda Galaxy appear grand… and they’ll also look exactly the same throughout the short span ...
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+David Dickinson It has turned cloudy here but the launch was scrubbed anyway, so at least I'm not missing anything.
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Could someone 'hack your toaster?' It's 5 Potential Problems with the Internet of Things on www.listosaur.com: 
We are edging toward the era of the Internet of Things, when everything from toasters to clothing will be connected to the Internet. Is that a good thing?
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Seeking 1 Ceres: Following the Brave New World Through 2015: Our guide to all things Cererian as NASA's Dawn spacecraft is set to begin science operations later this week.
A little world is making big headlines in 2015. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around 1 Ceres on March 6th, 2015, gaving us the first stunning images of the ~900 kilometre diameter world. But...
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Alien Gas Bags! Von Neumann machines! Quantum entanglement! Our latest +scifi tale A Standard of Deviation is now live: 

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Finally getting around to sharing this most excellent time lapse of the April 4th eclipse we featured in a recent Astronomy Video of the Week: 
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It's there... in the featured post linked to.
 
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Chasing the Dragon (yes, the double entendre is deliberate!) How to watch the SpaceX/CRS-6 launch today live starting at 3:30 PM EDT/19:30 UT on our featured Astronomy Video of the Week:  
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Still playin' catch up with content promotion... here's our talk on eclipses from the Weekly Space Hangout on April 3rd: 
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It's Free Fiction Friday! Here's Chapter 2 of our eclipse-spanning YA adventure Shadowfall. Read more original scifi at:   http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00JH2909O
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Adventures in Satspotting: Why Are Different Orbits Needed for Satellites? Should you place that shiny new satellite in a Sun-synchronous or Molniya orbit?
Congratulations: perhaps you’re a new space-faring nation, looking to place a shiny new payload around the planet Earth. You’ve assembled the technical know-how, and seek to break the surly bonds a...
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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.
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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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