Charles Hakes

Email: hakes_c@fortlewis.edu

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

Astronomers record time in a peculiar way

Greetings, stargazers. In the last couple of weeks, most of us have done more snow shoveling than sky watching, but I hope that hasn’t kept you from having a happy new year so far. At least this...

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

Right eyepiece can enhance night sky views

Greetings, stargazers. This is the season that a lucky few of you may be receiving new astronomy toys, such as binoculars or telescopes. Or you might be looking for something for yourself or your...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Use Pegasus to anchor your view of fall sky

Greetings, stargazers. Before I talk about what’s up in Durango skies, I want to let everyone know how glad I am that daylight saving time has ended for the season. If it were left to me,...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Look carefully to see Venus in daytime sky

Greetings, stargazers. Our brains fool us into thinking things near the horizon are bigger than they really are. And the power of suggestion works wonders in getting a crowd to agree that...

DATE: Oct. 7, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Sagittarius one of sky’s best views

Greetings, stargazers. Just after dark this month, the Milky Way crosses the sky almost directly overhead in a north-south band. While the weather is still warm, this would be a great time to...

DATE: Sept. 9, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Scorpius’ stars put sting in summer sky

Greetings, stargazers. The late afternoon monsoon clouds finally parted and made for a few good observing evenings recently. Unfortunately for me, a couple of those nights were interrupted by...

DATE: Aug. 12, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

New Horizons will deliver best view of Pluto

Greetings, stargazers. I hope you enjoyed the recent planetary conjunction in the western sky. From our perspective, Venus and Jupiter are now slowly separating from each other after their...

DATE: July 8, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Don’t forget to look up at our nightly sky

Greetings, stargazers. Thanks for reading my first Thursday column. Although the nights are very short as we approach the summer solstice, there still are lots of things to see after it gets dark....

DATE: June 10, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

If clouds part, prepare to see galaxies, planets

Greetings, stargazers. If the clouds ever dissipate, this should be a great month for planets and galaxies. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn are visible, and they are great markers for the ecliptic. The...

DATE: May 23, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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