Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion.
Artist's conception of an Orion vessel about to depart from Mars orbit. (Credit: NASA). Ever wondered if man will ever head to the stars? Certainly, the magnitude… [more]
Astro-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting!
A daytime Venus post-occultation in 2007! (Photo by Author). Here’s a fine neighborhood experiment to try. Next time the Moon is around 1st or Last Quarter, show… [more]
Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020.
The August 2011 Full Moon rising as seen from Astroguyz HQ. (Photo by Author). (Note: This week’s lunar-related event is a fitting tribute to the life of astronaut… [more]
30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon!
How many Baktuns in a Pectun again? (Credit: Stone Hill.org). The “busy ‘Con season” for Astroguyz has arrived. Sure, it may have came and went with only one event,… [more]
Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians.
A very slender Moon... (All photos by Author). The mountains always beckon. In the end, all astronomers must heed the call of dark, pristine skies and head into… [more]
The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.
It has arrived. Welcome to our official guide to the fascinating, the unique, and the down right bizarre in the realm of astronomy coming to a sky near you in 2013.… [more]
On sale now! Ever want to explore the universe through an astronomer’s eyes? The reboot of the Cosmos television series has cemented Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s place in the universe as the successor to the late great Carl Sagan. But before he was a science celebrity and a household name, Tyson was a research astrophysicist as [...]
And here it ’tis, faithful reader… the conclusion of Scorpius Cell and the first of several tales to come from our Solar Winds universe. Be sure to start back on Chapter 1, or read Scorpius Cell and other sci-fi tales in their entirely. Enjoy! Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell by David Dickinson Chapter 6 The Professor [...]
Image credit: NASA Don’t panic… the good crew of the International Space Station have got you covered on this Towel Day 2015. Today is not only the variable holiday of Memorial Day in the United States, but it is also Towel Day, marking author Douglas Adams’ landmark work that started it all, The Hitchhiker’s Guide [...]
Here’s our ‘Free Fiction Friday’ offering straight out of our Solar Winds universe. Be sure to start back with chapter 1, or Read the first two tales Scorpius Cell and The Cloaked Promise on our author page. Solar Winds: Scorpius Cell by David A. Dickinson Chapter 5 When she arrived at the space [...]
On sale now! Note: once we’d returned from our travelling expedition last month, we arrived to an expected stack of review books from the past year. Though our current writing obligations demand that we can’t go full tilt back in the world of book reviewing, we thought we’d crank out the current stack we found [...]
The X-37B during encapsulation. Image credit: Boeing/USAF/ULA The U.S. Air Force’s X-37B takes to space once again this week with several high profile public missions aboard. This will be the fourth flight of the automated reusable space plane for the USAF. Also aboard are the Planetary Society’s LightSail test demonstrator, a NASA experiment studying advanced [...]
Here’s our weekly installment of free sci-fi goodness. Our current tale is the first in our ongoing space opera saga set in the Solar Winds universe. Start back with chapter 1, or read Scorpius Cell and other works of science and speculative fiction in their entirety. Enjoy! Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell by David A. Dickinson Chapter [...]
Credit: NASA/JPL/Texas A&M Cornell Ever wonder what an extraterrestrial sunset looks like? It’s a surprising irony that, while the skies of our blue planet host crimson sunsets, the twilight skies of the Red Planet have just the opposite. The cobalt hues of the image above are not an artifact of processing, but how the sky [...]
Here’s Part 3 of our ongoing space opera set in the Solar Winds universe. Be sure to start back at Part 1, or read the tale and others like it written by yours truly in their entirety. Enjoy! Solar Winds: Scorpius Cell by David A. Dickinson Chapter 3 Moving into the bay, Andrea kicked away [...]
Liftoff of Progress M27M. Image credit: Roscosmos It all started, as most drama in space does, with a routine launch. Last Wednesday on April 29th, a Soyuz-U rocket lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Progress M-27M. Progress was a routine uncrewed resupply vessel headed, for a fast-track docking to the International Space Station four [...]
Here’s your weekly dosage of free science fiction with Solar Winds: Scorpius Cell part 2. Be sure to start back at part 1 here. Let’s get right in to the action transpiring out in orbit ’round Uranus: Solar Winds: Scorpius Cell Chapter 2 by David A. Dickinson Karl sprung out into the clear, firing both [...]
Yearning to break the surly bonds… (photo by author). It’s a feeling that every lover of space has sometimes. Exploration of the cosmos is truly a final frontier, a place that often seems to be our logical destiny. But sometimes, there’s a persistent nagging at the back of our primate brains, a feeling that, just [...]
Here it ’tis: our weekly Friday installment featuring the start of a brand new tale. This one is set in our Solar Winds universe, which fans will remember from our The Hunt for Beagle tale. This also begins the saga of Andrea Makati as an adult and the adventures of Scorpius Cell. We’ve been working [...]
Credit: The Virtual Telescope Project Caution: low-flying space rocks! A funny thing happened on our way back to Florida late last week. On April 18th, as we disconnected from the hotel wifi and the cyber world one last time, we admonished the universe not to send any ‘alien invasions or killer space rocks’ our way [...]
Fans of extrasolar eclipses and free science fiction rejoice: here is our final chapter installment of Shadowfall. Newcomers will want to start back on Chapter 1. And here, without further fanfare is the action-packed conclusion: Shadowfall by David A. Dickinson Chapter 4 “I’d stay back, fry-bait,” he called back to her. She was silent and [...]
The launch of CRS-5 in January 2015. (Credit: NASA/SpaceX). Watching space launches can be an addicting pastime. We’ve got just such a chance for a ‘fix’ today, when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lights up the sky over the Florida Space Coast this afternoon with the CRS-6 mission headed to the International Space Station.
And here it ’tis… part three of our four part eclipse tale Shadowfall. The idea for this story actually came up in a late night discussion on just how bizarre eclipses could get in the far future. We had originally envisioned the gruesome competition described in the story as talking place in Earth’s far future, [...]
Totality. Image credit: NASA/Griffith Observatory Miss this past weekend’s total lunar eclipse? Yeah, us too, as we found ourselves in Maine, the only state that missed out on even partial phases of the April 4th total lunar eclipse. But skies were clear Saturday morning across western North America, affording observers fine views of the eclipse.
Here it is; the continuation of our eclipse-fueled science fiction tale Shadowfall. And this is just in time for the end of the first eclipse season for 2015. If you’ve ever wondered what sort of eclipses might occur on far-flung worlds, look no further than this tale. But beyond that, Shadowfall also considers just what [...]
Totality as witnessed during the 2003 total lunar eclipse. (Photo by author) Ready for the next big eclipse? The big ticket celestial event for April is coming right up, with the first of two total lunar eclipses for 2015 occurring on the morning of Saturday, April 4th. This eclipse features the shortest lunar totality for [...]
As eclipse season one of two continues, so does the eclipse-fueled scifi here at Astroguyz.com. This week, we start in with an original four part tale: What kind of bizarre eclipses might occur on distant worlds? Our latest tale Shadowfall gives eclipse chasing a bizarre — and deadly — twist: Shadowfall Chapter 2 by David A. [...]
A fine partial eclipse as seen from the UK. (Credit and copyright: Blob rana). Our mind has been consistently blown this past weekend as photos continue to pour in of Friday’s total solar eclipse. We’ve been doing live coverage of eclipses for various venues now for a few years, and it simply amazes us how [...]
Here it is just in time for eclipse day: the final chapter of our time-spanning eclipse adventure Exeligmos. We’ve got lots more original sci-fi, eclipse-based and otherwise, on our Amazon author page… don’t forget to start this three-part tale back on Chapter 1. Exeligmos Chapter 3 by David A. Dickinson Ever watch those the old [...]
A partial solar eclipse as seen from space. (Credit: NASA/SDO). It is now almost upon us. The first eclipse of 2015 and the only total solar eclipse of the year is coming right up this Friday on March 20th, as the shadow of the Moon crosses the North Atlantic. And although the path of totality [...]
We’re just one week out now from the first and only total solar eclipse of 2015. Can’t wait that long? Then travel through space and time in our chapter two installment of our sci-fi tale Exeligmos. Chapter 1 is also available online, and we’ll have the conclusion up next week! Exeligmos chapter 2 by David [...]
An animation of the March 20th 2015 total solar eclipse Credit: NASA/GSFC/A.T. Sinclair. Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse? Perhaps you’ve seen a partial solar eclipse as the Moon takes a bite out of the Sun. But true umbraphiles will tell you that it’s just not the same as standing in the shadow [...]
Welcome to our weekly serving of free and original science fiction here at Astroguyz.com. As the first eclipse season of 2015 draws neigh, we though we’d feature one of our many eclipse inspired tales entitled Exeligmos. What started as one eclipse sci-fi story soon grew into half a dozen, two of which are already completed and [...]
The harsh reality that is Mars. (Photos by author). How is Mars One like Amway? Last month, the Mars One project announced that its initial candidate pool of 600 candidates had been whittled down to 100. Excitement then swirled around the â€˜net and the space community immediately following the announcement, as local media plugged the [...]
A ‘diamond ring’ seen at the end of totality during the 2008 solar eclipse. Credit: NASA/Exploratorium The month of March sees the beginning of meteorological and astronomical Spring in the northern hemisphere. March also gives us another reason to celebrate, as the first of two eclipse seasons for 2015 begins. 2015 features 4 eclipses — 2 solar [...]
It’s Friday, and here without further fanfare is the conclusion to our Mars-spanning adventure The Hunt For Beagle. You can start back at chapter 1 and read the entire tale here a chapter at a time on Astroguyz, or read the tale in its entirety over on Amazon.com. Enjoy! The Hunt For Beagle by David [...]
An artist’s conception of Scholz’s Star and its brown dwarf companion passing through the outer solar system. (Credit: Michael Osadciw/University of Rochester). A fascinating announcement out of the Astrophysical Journal caught our eye last week, as researchers announced that a newly discovered star made a close pass through our very own solar system some 70,000 [...]
Ceres on February 12th, 2015 from 52,000 miles distant (Credit: NASA/Dawn). Getting closer… Fresh off of its exploration of the asteroid 4 Vesta in 2011-2012, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been delivering some pretty mind-blowing images of the largest asteroid of them all: 1 Ceres. Dawn just passed the quarter million mile distant mark from Ceres [...]
And here it ’tis… chapter eight of our young adult, Mars-spanning adventure! For Chapter One, head here. You can read The Hunt for Beagle in its entirety over at Amazon.com. The Hunt for Beagle Part 8 by David A. Dickinson Andrea’s mom, Alexi, got off the call. She breathed hard and sighed. “They say all [...]
An artist’s conception of New Horizons passing Pluto and Charon. Credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI/Steve Gribben Where were you in 1930? If you were American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, you were announcing the discovery of a curious object caught moving through the constellation Gemini just the month prior.
Progress-58P rolls to the launch pad. Credit: Roscosmos. It’s back! By popular demand and the never ending quest for content, we’re proud to be reinstituting one of our most popular features from over the years here on Astroguyz, the Astronomy Video Of the Week (AVOW). Hardly a day goes by in our online adventures that [...]
…and here it ’tis: Part 7 of our Mars-spanning adventure The Hunt For Beagle. You can read the entirety of the tale, or start from Part 1 online. Expect more tales from the Solar Winds Universe to come!
An artist’s conception of New Horizons at Pluto. Credit: NASA. The late American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh got a birthday present yesterday when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft released an image of Pluto and its moon Charon. Born in 1906, Mr. Tombaugh would’ve been 109 this year. And although yesterday’s image snapped by New Horizon’s LORRI navigational camera [...]