February 8, 2016

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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The Lions and Tigers of Spring Hill, Florida

Rajah the Siberian Tiger up close and personal. (all photos by the author). Ever wonder what’s in you very own back yard? We recently journeyed for months around Florida, bouncing from the Atlantic Space Coast back to the Gulf of Mexico side, only to discover that adventure was only ten miles down the road.

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Exploring the Largest Telescope in Florida

An amazing scope! (all photos by author) Florida isn’t known for ideal dark skies and astronomy. Humid bug-filled nights, coupled with hazy washed out skies make for less than optimal viewing conditions to say the least. The state does at least host warm temps, making the wintertime an ideal season for astronomy. Along with a [...]

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The Flavors of the Days: Exploring St. Augustine, Florida

Vertical sundial sighting in St Augustine (all photos by the author) Wanna explore an East Coast city with a European feel? We had a chance to do just that yesterday, as we poked around and explored the streets of old Saint Augustine, Florida. This was one of the first true ‘adventure days’ we’d had on [...]

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Review: Vigilantes by Kristine Katherine Rusch

On sale now… Ready for some legal action of astronomical proportions? This week, as part of our campaign to wrap up some of the review books we received last summer after our return back to Florida from our great American road trip, we’re reviewing Vigilantes out from WMG Publishing by prolific author Kristine Kathryn Rusch. [...]

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Traveler’s Tales of Gravitational Waves

We brake for gravitational waves… (all photos by author) This past week the science community held its breath, as rumors swirled once again that researchers had accomplished direct detection of gravitational waves. Sure, we’ve been down this road before, but with Advanced LIGO (the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) resuming operation in late 2015, there’s good [...]

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Hacking Entertainment on the Road

On fire with the Amazon Firestick (All photos by the author) Just because we’re homeless, doesn’t mean we have to live like savages. This week, we’d like to tackle something that we researched a bit over the past year, and found very little straightforward information on online. Being a TV Zero family on the road [...]

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Hitting the Road for 2016

Our next ride? A KC-135 tanker over MacDill Air Force Base Happy New Year 2016! As the calendar flips, we’re planning on trying something new here at Astroguyz. Actually, its something old. As we mentioned last month, we wrapped up our Astronomy Video of the Week and Free Fiction Friday to take this blog back [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Syzygy Gambit Part 6

On sale now. Here it is, the action-packed conclusion to our third tale set in the solar winds universe. Don’t forget to start back on chapter one, or you can read The Syzygy Gambit and other original tales by yours truly at our Amazon author page. And stay tuned for a special announcement at the [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Syzygy Gambit Part 5

On sale now! Ready to tear the solar system asunder? Can’t make it to Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Here’s our latest free fiction Friday offering from 2222 AD and the Solar Winds universe.  Don’t forget, you can read this tale and other original works of fiction in their entirety, and be sure to start [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Syzygy Gambit Part 4

On sale now! Dear Solar Winds fans… here’s this week’s installment, another extended helping of space opera action and adventure. Like what you read? be sure to start back at part 1, or read the entire story and other original tales by yours truly.   Solar Winds: The Syzygy Gambit Part 4 by David Dickinson [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Syzygy Gambit Part 3

On sale now! It’s out! We’re pleased to announce that our third installment of the Solar Winds saga, The Syzygy Gambit is published and available, along with other original sci-fi tales by yours truly. This week, we thought we’d step things up a notch, and give fans a larger excerpt/serving than usual, so we can [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Skiing the Eclipse

A screen-cap from the Svalbard eclipse documentary. Image credit: Salomon FreeSki TV What’s more thrilling than a total solar eclipse? Mounting an expedition to capture one from a unique and unseen angle… A recent team from Salomon Freeski TV did just that. Earlier this year, a total solar eclipse graced the high arctic. A few [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Syzygy Gambit Part 2

Out soon… (Image credit: NASA) Here it tis… a continued sneak peek at the upcoming Solar Winds tale, due for publication in the next week. Don’t forget, start back on last week’s chapter 1, and read the first two Solar Winds stories and other original tales of sci-fi by yours truly.   Solar Winds: The [...]

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Review: The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2

In theaters now… The circle and the saga are now complete. This week, as consumers of turkey and Black Friday sales take to the malls, we thought we’d add our two cents on the completion of The Hunger Games film franchise. We’ve been a fan of the saga since seeing and reviewing the first film, and the [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week-Captured: the Reentry of WT1190F

Reentry of WT1190F. Image credit: The International Astronomical Center They caught it! We recently wrote an article for Sky & Telescope magazine online discussing the mystery object WT1190F. This two metre-sized body reentered over the Indian Ocean south of Sri Lanka on November 13th, 2015, and a team from the SETI Institute and the International [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: Solar Winds-The Syzygy Gambit Part 1

A look at a cover to come… Image credit: NASA We couldn’t wait. We’re moving ahead and trying something a bit different here at Astroguyz for this weeks’ free fiction offering. What follows is a sneak peek at something in the works: a rough draft of the third installment of our Solar Winds epic, in [...]

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Review- The 2015 Rhysling Anthology edited by Rich Ristow

On sale now… Did you know: science fiction poetry is a thing? We’ll make the confession that we barely knew that the sub-genre (and the sub-sub genres within) existed before we got into the reviewing and writing game of the modern web.

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AVOW-Gaia Catches a Solar Transit… of Earth’s Moon

A graphic of Gaia’s perspective. Image credit: ESA Sure, you’ve seen a total solar eclipse. You might’ve even caught sight of the historic 2012 transit of Venus… but check this out. ESA’s Gaia spacecraft recently caught an interesting perspective and hybrid of the two: a transit of the Moon across the disk of the Sun.

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Free Fiction Friday: More Fantastic Tales to Come

A look at a possible cover that never was… (photo by author). Well, we’ve caught up with the story pipeline this year, featruing science fiction stories we’ve published thus far. Publishing a free chapter a week has been a good ‘kick in the pants,’ inspiring us to write more to keep up with the demand. [...]

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Review: The Peyti Crisis by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

On sale now… Things are heating up in the Retrieval Artist Universe. We just finished Book Five in the Anniversary Day Saga, entitled The Peyti Crisis. Out earlier this year courtesy of WMG Publishing, this eight part series by prolific author Kristine Kathryn Rusch follows a surprise attack on Earth’s Moon and the confusion and [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Dead Comet Turned ‘Skull Asteroid’

Boo! Image credit: NASA/JPL/Arecibo The universe certainly has a sense of humor. On Halloween, asteroid 2015 TB 145 safely passed Earth. Discovered by the PanSTARRS-1 survey in early October 2015, 2015 TB145 orbits the Sun once every 3.1 years in a path that takes it from inside the orbit of Mercury out past the orbit [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 9

On sale now… And here it is: the conclusion to our original story A Standard of Deviation. And here’s our weekly spiel to A).Start back on chapter 1, B). Read the story in its entirety, and C). Read others like it as well. This also brings us to the end of every story we’ve written [...]

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Review: Kepler and the Universe by David Love

On sale now… One of the greatest and most tragic tales in the history of astronomy is the life of Johannes Kepler. And though many are familiar with the 16th-17th century scientist, mostly due to his laws of planetary motion, few know the story of Kepler the man.

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Astronomy Video of the Week-Catch a Space Walk Live

A ‘Spacewalk Selfie’ taken by astronaut Scott Kelly during last week’s EVA Image credit: NASA It’s probably the most enviable office space out of this world. Later this week, astronauts Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren will perform a routine spacewalk, their second in just over a week. The focus of Friday’s spacewalk—often referred [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 8

On sale now… It’s a rough job, being a quantum courier these days… Here’s the long (well since last Friday, at least!) anticipated penultimate Chapter 8 for A Standard of Deviation. If you’re new to the saga, be sure to start back on chapter 1, and you can read A Standard of Deviation and other [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Two Live Events from the Virtual Telescope

A similar occultation of the bright star Antares by the Moon. Image credit: Dave Dickinson There’s some great events on tap as we head into Halloween weekend. Clouded out, or live on the wrong side if the planet? Have no fear of ghosts, goblins or low hanging cumulus clouds; The good folks over at the Virtual [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 7

On sale now! Ready to jump back in to our latest saga? Then without further fanfare, here’s chapter 7 of our latest sci-fi tale. Remember, if you’re new to the tale, to start back with chapter 1, and you can read A Standard of Deviation and other tales like it in its entirety online. A [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Celebrating SOHO’s 3,000th Comet

There it is: SOHO’s 3,000th comet. Image credit: NASA/SOHO Has it really been that long? The joint NASA/European Space Agency’s Solar Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) celebrates two full decades in space in just a few short weeks. Launched on December 2nd, 1995, the mission keeps a continual watch on the Sun from its L1 vantage point.

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 6

On sale now… Has the Universe got you down? Reality is certainly crashing down hard around our main protagonist this week… remember through, we all have the means to shake the game up a bit, in our very own special way. If you’re new to the tale, be sure to start back on Chapter 1. [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Apollo 11 in a Minute

Earth from the Moon. (Image credit: NASA/Apollo 11) Wanna see something cool? Recently, NASA put its entire archive of Apollo era images – more than 10,000+ and counting – on Flickr. An amazing treasure-trove, space fans have dived in, with amazing results. There are lots of images I’d never seen before, as well. Folks have [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 5

On sale now! Things are not what they seem this week, as our heroine realizes that a human enforced Pax Galactica has exacted a heavy and terrible price on the alien civilizations of the Outer Rim. Let’s jump right in the Chapter 5 for this week, and be sure to let us know what you [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: A Desert Solar System

Not your parents’ solar system… Once, as a kid, we decided to make a poster depicting the solar system. Our poster, we decided, was going to be unerringly accurate, complete with planets and planetary orbits depicted to actual size. We quickly realized this would be a fool’s errand, with planets reduced to tiny dots.

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 4

On sale now… Uneasy is the state of the human-enforced Pax Galactica, as our chief protagonist and quantum-hopping Librarian 3rd Class turned courier is finding out. This week, we invite you to meet the gas giant-dwelling Leviathans and hear of their plight. Can’t wait for weekly installments? You can read (and rate!) A Standard of Deviation [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Falcon Takes Flight

Liftoff of a Falcon 1 rocket on its first successful mission. Image credit: SpaceX What’s it like to ride on a rocket? Seven years ago on this day in 2008, a Space X Falcon 1 rocket gave us an amazing external view as it soared above the Omelek Island launch facility and Kwajelein Atoll in [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 3

On sale now! And the tale continues. Let’s jump right into it this week, with as little fanfare as possible. Remember, you can read A Standard of Deviation and other original tales of science fiction by yours truly, and remember to start back with Chapter 1.   A Standard of Deviation by David Dickinson   I [...]

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Astronomy Video of the Week: Protecting the Planet

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft at Saturn’s moon Enceladus. (Image credit: JPL/NASA). Where humans go, our bacterial biome follows… but how do we protect future pristine environments from, well, us? The SETI Institute recently published a fascinating discussion on the topic of planetary protection as part of its weekly SETI Talks series. Titled Integrating Planetary Protection in [...]

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Free Fiction Friday: A Standard of Deviation Part 2

On sale now! Ready for more quantum entanglement galaxy hopping adventure? The let’s jump right in to Chapter 2. Remember to start back with last week’s Chapter 1 of A Standard of Deviation, and you can read the story in its entirety, and other original tales of sci-fi by yours truly as well.   A [...]

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