Charles Hakes


Keep your feet warm while gazing at Orion, comet

Greetings, stargazers. I didn’t know Durango had a monsoon season in January, but that is certainly what it has felt like for the last week. There is nothing quite like some freezing rain to put...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2017 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Supermoons keep stargazers on the couch

Greetings, stargazers. Last month, I think I got more questions about the supermoon than any recent column topic I can remember. A recurring question was how I was going to watch it and what...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Locator allows you to find stars at any date, time

Greetings, stargazers. One thing I have learned when teaching astronomy is that students quite often have way cooler astronomy apps on their smartphones than I do. Faster, more accurate pointing,...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

New telescope users can look for these night-sky targets

Greetings, stargazers. One of my favorite activities is to introduce new telescope users to the wide variety of objects that are visible in the night sky. To be successful, this first list of...

DATE: Oct. 12, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Light speed: Nothing faster in the universe

Greetings, stargazers. There is a speed limit in the universe. While many great science fiction stories require this limit to be broken, right now, we are stuck at not going any faster than the...

DATE: Sept. 7, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Meteorology station coming to the Old Fort; catch the Perseids

Greetings, stargazers. This column is called What’s Up in Durango Skies, and in case you haven’t noticed, the last couple of weeks the answer has been clouds. And finally some much needed rain....

DATE: Aug. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Use binoculars to explore the Milky Way

Greetings, stargazers. The summer Milky Way is one of the many things you get to enjoy if you are lucky enough to live in the Four Corners. From most big cities you might never get the chance to...

DATE: July 13, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Resolution gives Hubble superior vision

Greetings, stargazers. We have all enjoyed the images from the Hubble telescope. What sets those pictures apart from those taken with Earth-based telescopes is the unprecedented detail, or the...

DATE: June 8, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Ursa Major: Get to know the ‘Great Bear’ this summer

Greetings, stargazers. Summer doesn’t begin for another month, but with the Fort Lewis College semester over and the Animas River flow rate increasing, it is hard not to think of summer-type...

DATE: May 11, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Find Jupiter, then leap into Leo the Lion

Greetings, stargazers. Spring is traditionally the season for galaxies, but this spring you can add planets to the list of targets. Jupiter dominates the early evening southern sky, and for the...

DATE: April 13, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Inside Gemini you’ll find rich field of stars

Greetings, stargazers. To be consistent with my previous March columns, you will have to hear me complain about daylight saving time. Consider it done, so let’s move on. In the early evening, near...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Give overlooked Auriga a little loving attention

Greetings, stargazers. An unappreciated constellation that is now at the early evening zenith is Auriga. I say unappreciated, not only because it does not get the name recognition of nearby...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2016 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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