Charles Hakes

Email: hakes_c@fortlewis.edu

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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