Charles Hakes

Email: hakes_c@fortlewis.edu

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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