Charles Hakes

Email: hakes_c@fortlewis.edu

Space study will live on without shuttles

A few days ago, the space shuttle Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.The shuttles have carried numerous astronomical instruments into space, including the incomparable Hubble...

DATE: April 25, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Visitor loyalty starts with friendly locals

I've been a student, teacher and practitioner of customer service throughout my career. One subject that gets plenty oftalk time is customer loyalty. What is it? How do you get it, and if you have...

DATE: April 21, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

If you want to get involved, find a party

April has been designated Global Astronomy Month, an outreach effort sponsored by Astronomers Without Borders, hopingto develop new ways to “connect people around the world." The slogan is One...

DATE: March 28, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Downtown must maintain its vitality

Health care is certainly in the headlines these days, and it reminds me that downtowns must also pay attention to theirhealth and well-being.For downtown Durango, maintaining its health is of...

DATE: March 24, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

To see stars, find yourself in the dark

A few years ago, my wife and I were volunteers at Big Bend National Park.We spent a month next to the Rio Grande, a stone's throw from Mexico. It was a marvelous place and time.One of the most...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Even amateur astronomers can think big

How bad can the economy be?Over the years, I've bought a few stargazing accessories from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars, so I'm unavoidably onthe company's mailing list. The latest catalog just...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2010 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Mars bigger, closer at 'just' 61M miles

It seems incongruous, but Earth is closest to the sun each year on Jan. 2.It's the tilt of Earth on its axis rather than proximity to the sun that causes seasonal temperature swings.Also, this...

DATE: Dec. 27, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Luckily, more than meteors fill the sky

I'm having a bad run of luck this year when it comes to meteor showers.With encouragement from my trusty basset hound, Buster, I got out of bed and outside twice during the wee morning...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

With no moon, Leonids should be good show

Nights will be getting dark rather early in November as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 1.Now we can get in some serious stargazing without losing a lot of sleep.Don’t miss this year’s...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Impact on moon might not be out of sight

There's a rare, perhaps unique opportunity in October for stargazers with telescopes.In an effort to determine if water ice exists on the moon, NASA has directed a satellite and its upper stage...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Autumn nights reveal sights in deep space

Fall is just around the corner.The autumnal equinox occurs at 3:20 p.m. Sept. 22. Cool nights are here already, and cold nights aren't that far off. Right now is a wonderful time to enjoy the night...

DATE: Aug. 23, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Man on Mars? Aldrin's plan would do it

NASA is planning a project - Constellation - complete with new rockets and spacecraft, to take humans back to the moon sometime around 2020.With the retirement of the space shuttle program in...

DATE: July 26, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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