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]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]