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

Small steps, and a look at summer sky

As of July 20, it's been 40 years since humans first landed on our moon. I have to resist the tendency to expound on why human space exploration essentially ended with the Apollo project.Instead, I...

DATE: June 28, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

If you're into stars, it's time to party

Summer's coming on, and it's star party time in the Great Southwest.Potential participants have choices to make because most of the big regional events take place around the same dates (on moonless...

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

May a merry month for space fans

For a while now, May has been an exciting month for space exploration.Fifty years ago on May 28, two rhesus monkeys, Able and Baker, were launched on a suborbital flight from Cape Canaveral. Two...

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

Mark your calendar for Earth Hour

Have you heard of the "Earth Hour" project? It's an international idea, promoted by the World Wildlife Fund, to expand awareness of climate change. At 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, everyone is...

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

Don't miss March's Messier Marathon

March is Messier month.Born in 1730, French astronomer Charles Messier was a comet hunter.  He discovered more than a dozen during his professional career. As he searched the night sky, he was...

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

Unusual comet makes closest pass to Earth

Astronomers get excited any time a potential naked-eye comet arrives in the vicinity of Earth.Right now, Comet Lulin is attracting attention and generating some excitement.Having been at perihelion...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2009 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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