Find Antares in the heart of Scorpius

Greetings, Stargazers. The 416 Fire has made it challenging for many of us to get outside to see the night sky. I have enjoyed breathing clean air again this week. Now that the smoke has been...

DATE: July 14, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Planets offer easy, enjoyable viewing targets

Greetings, Stargazers. This will be a good summer for planet watching. At most star parties, the planets are considered dusk objects because they can successfully be seen before it is really dark....

DATE: June 10, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

High hopes for Durango’s rocket teams

Greetings, Stargazers. Someone looking up in the Four Corners skies recently might have seen rockets. Yes, this is usually a column about astronomy, but I grew up a few minutes from the Johnson...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Constellation Leo can point you toward the southern galaxies

Greetings, Stargazers. The constellation Leo is high in the southern sky. Leo can be found most easily by looking for the backward question mark, called the sickle, with the bright star Regulus as...

DATE: April 14, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Learn to distinguish the shapes of galaxies

Greetings, Stargazers. This March gives us another month with two full moons and gives me a chance to complain about the popularity of calling it blue. I will have a celebration when we have the...

DATE: March 10, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Search for the winter hexagon in the stars

Greetings, Stargazers. Even rarer than a twice-in-a-month full moon, is a month with no full moon. This can happen only in February. It turns out there are many ways to define a moon period,...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

The truth behind the super-blue-moon-eclipse

Greetings, stargazers. Maybe you have read or heard there is supposed to be a super-blue-moon-eclipse this month. Yes, there will be an eclipse. But I am sorry to report that it isn’t that super,...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2018 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Binoculars, telescopes to enrich your stargazing nights

Greetings, stargazers. I have written a couple of articles recommending binoculars or entry-level telescopes, but it has been a few years since they came out. And because now is the time when...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Grab your binoculars to gaze into Cassiopeia

Greetings, stargazers. Queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology was beautiful and knew it. But her vanity turned out to be her downfall. She claimed that both she and her daughter, Andromeda, were...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2017 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Explore the constellation Pegasus during autumn months

Greetings, stargazers. Autumn brings not only a change in the weather, but also a major transition in your stargazing targets. Many of the stars in the summer sky are bright, such as Vega and...

DATE: Oct. 14, 2017 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Explore many objects around the night sky’s summer triangle

Greetings, stargazers. This month is a good time to see the constellations and deep sky objects around the summer triangle. The summer triangle is an asterism that first appears in the eastern...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2017 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Pinhole projection method can be fun way to view eclipse

Greetings, stargazers. I have never seen a total eclipse. However, I have seen many partial solar eclipses, including the annular eclipse that passed over the Four Corners in 2012. I find them all...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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