August 4, 2015

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]

Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion. Declassified: The True Tale of Project Orion.

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-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting! Astro-Challenge: Daytime Planet Spotting!

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]

Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020. Astro-Event: What’s in a Name? Black & Blue Moons through 2020.

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]

30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon! 30.10.2012: A Weekend of Apocalyptic Fun at the NecronomiCon!

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]

Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians. Week 4-The Quest for Dark Skies: Into the Appalachians.

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]

The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.   The Top Astronomy Events for 2013.

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Landing on a Comet

Comet 67/P: The view from 9-metres up, with the estimated final orientation of the Philae lander super-imposed. (Image Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/ROLIS/DLR) It’s the kind of stick and rudder style approach that would make the most hardened of test pilots proud. The European Space Agency recently released an amazing animation of the approach of its Philae Lander [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Helium Party Part 1

On sale now… This week, we thought we’d start in with some lighter helium-laced fare with our tale of space hi-jinks, Helium Party. Hey, it’s got  rogue gangs of space clowns, what’s not to love? Plus, we may very will be revisiting the universe of the Citizens of Silliness again, the story was that much [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: An Amazing Piece of Metal

The tarnished mirror used in Herschel’s 40-foot reflector on display at the London Science Museum. Image credit: geni/Wikimedia Commons Your backyard Dobsonian has a mirror that far outperforms the best telescopes of yore. This week, we thought we’d break the “all-Pluto all the time” mantra for July to bring you a classic from our archives.

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise Part 7

On sale now! And here it is; the final installment of our second book of the Solar Winds series. Be sure to start back on Chapter 1, or better yet, start back with chapter 1 book 1: Scorpius Cell. Or, you can read em all and other original works of scifi in their entirety by yours [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Alice Sees Pluto Occult the Sun

Welcome to Pluto! Image credit: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI It was a crazy wild ride last week, as NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft whizzed through the Pluto system in a historic encounter. We did’t get much work done last Tuesday, that’s for sure. But among the stunning images of Pluto and its moons and amazing close-up flyby sequences, another [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise Part 6

On sale now… And here it is: the penultimate chapter to part two of our solar system-spanning tale. Be sure to start back with story one chapter one, or read ‘em all and more original tales online. Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise by David A. Dickinson Chapter 6 Once she was safely out of sight, a [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Catching Pluto before Pluto

Pluto! (Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI). You just never know what might be lurking in old data, awaiting discovery. Or perhaps pre-discovery. As we approach the eve of New Horizon’s historic fly-by of Pluto and its moons tomorrow, we thought we’d turn your attention to a recent amazing find from the Carnegie Observatories’ archive. The collection includes [...]

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Colonists Launch Pluto One Project as Historic Flyby Nears

Pluto or bust? Credit: NASA/JHUAPL As Pluto grows ever-sharper in the view of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, so does humankind’s longing to explore the ‘other Red Planet.’ Now, a Florida-based organization calling itself Pluto One is looking to do just that.

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise Part 5

on sale now… Can’t wait ’til next Tuesday for New Horizons’ historic encounter with Pluto? You can explore the future solar system now, with Martian native Andrea Makati and the Zodiac Cartel gang in this week’s installment straight out of the Solar Winds universe. action is heating up, as Andrea heads to Titan and Cronos [...]

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Review: A Murder of Clones by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

On sale now. Things are definitely heating up in the Retrieval Artist Universe. One thing we arrived back home to after our year-long great American road trip this past year was a stack of books from the sci-fi Anniversary Day saga. We’d read and reviewed Blowback, the second book in the installment, so we eagerly [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Plutopalooza-The Wait is Over

Pluto snapping into focus! Credit: NASA/JHU/APL/SW Research Institute It has been over nine years. On January 19th, 2006, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft launched out of Cape Canaveral bound for Pluto. And in just over a week’s time, the key flyby window opens centered on July 14th. Moving over 14 kilometres per second, New Horizons won’t [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise Part 4

On sale now… Things are heating up in the Saturn system this week, as Andrea discovers that the captured Radium Core is a terrible prize that will bring them more than they bargained for. Be sure to check out this week’s installment, or if your new to the series start back with Chapter 1 of [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Entering Other Space

A hilarious outer (other) space saga! Image credit: Yahoo TV This week, we thought we’d highlight an online comedy sci-fi series that you may not be watching, but should be. Other Space is a new sci-fi series on Yahoo TV that’s just hilarious to watch. Launched in April of this year, Other Space follows the [...]

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New Horizons Set to Buzz the Pluto System

Pluto and Charon… in color! (Credit: NASA/JPL) (Editor’s Note: This week’s event was hatched as part of our “legacy post project” in October 2009, entitled “12 Very Special Events for the 21st Century.” They’re a time capsule of sorts, meant to carry on the Astroguyz legacy!) One of the last outposts of the solar system [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise Part 3

On sale now! Here’s our latest and greatest installment straight from our Solar Winds universe.  Andrea and team may have successfully used the Radium core to lure in and capture a small Legion cruiser… but what will they do next? And will her team rally under her leadership? Things are definitely going down in the [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Watch the CRS-7 Launch Live

Launch of CRS-2. Photo by author. It’s the busy season in low Earth orbit once again, as missions are set to head to and depart from the International Space Station this summer. And the first mission in the queue is SpaceX’s Dragon resupply capsule, set to head to the ISS this weekend. Launch of CRS-7 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise Part 2

On Sale Now~! Alright. My back is out as I write this, so we’ll get right to this week’s installment. Be sure to 1.) Start back on chapter 1 from last week, and 2.) Read The Cloaked Promise and other original tales of sci-fi in their entirety.   Solar Winds: The Cloaked Promise by David [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Reclaiming the Night

Dark skies over Bruneau Dunes State Park, Idaho. Photo by author. Have you ever stood under a truly dark night sky? In 2015, fewer and fewer citizens of our modern technological age even know what that means, as the light polluted suburbs encroach on once pristine tracks of dark sky wilderness. Recently, we came across [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Cloaked Promise

On sale now! And with the advent of another Friday, we’re pleased to announce the start of another story straight out of our Solar Winds universe. This tale is Part 2: be sure to read the first chapter of Part 1 entitled Scorpius Cell here. Can’t wait? You can read ‘em all in their entirety [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: A Look at the First Teaser Trailer for the Martian!

Matt Damon on the set of The Martian. Credit: 20th Century Fox It’s here! Well, the first teaser is out, at least. We recently wrote over on Universe Today about how some of the very first promotional images from the upcoming film adaptation for Andy Weir’s novel The Martian had surfaced. Now, a first video [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: The Second Coming of Stephen King

This week, we though we’d give you a short tale between Solar Winds adventures… so short, in fact, that it fits into just one short 1,000-odd word post. You can read this story and other original sci-fi tales like ‘em via Kindle, if you prefer. Ever wonder who the next Stephen King might be? Be [...]

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Review: A Ray of Light in a Sea of Dark Matter

On sale now! What is it? It’s an amazing revelation of modern cosmology to realize that we’re comprised of the rare exceptions of the universe. Baryonic matter, the stuff that you, your Iphone and radio telescopes are made up of, is the left over minority in the cosmos. It turns out that it’s all dark, [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: A Ride with Dragon

Launch! Image credit: SpaceX Whoa. How would you escape from the launch pad in an emergency? Recently, SpaceX demonstrated just such a capability with the abort test of its Dragon capsule, carried out on May 6th at Cape Canaveral. This is a crucial step towards certifying the spacecraft for crewed missions, which are expected to [...]

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Review: Explore the Cosmos Like Neil DeGrasse Tyson

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 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell Part 6

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 [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Happy Towel Day from the ISS

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 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell Chapter 5

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 [...]

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Review: Universe Between Edited by Dean Wesley Smith

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 [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Watch the Launch of AFSPC-5 Live

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 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell Part 4

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 [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Blues for a Martian Sunset

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 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds: Scorpius Cell Part 3

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 [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Tumbling Progress

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 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell Part 2

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 [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Astrophe

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 [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-Scorpius Cell Part 1

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 [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Catch a Close Pass of Asteroid 2015 HD1 Tonight!

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 [...]

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