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

Treasures hide inside the faint Coma Berenices

Greetings, stargazers. I hope you have been having better clear-sky observing opportunities than me. Recently, my free evenings have been appallingly coincident with overcast skies. Last month, I...

DATE: April 25, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Aim your green laser with care

Greetings, stargazers. I should warn the reader now that I dislike daylight saving time. Now that we are past the equinox, the sun is north of the equator, warmer weather is coming and days...

DATE: March 21, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Why isn’t Jupiter much brighter than Venus?

Greetings, stargazers. Beside the moon, the three brightest objects in the sky are all visible right now. Venus in the west, Jupiter in the east and Sirius, the only one that is an actual star,...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Binoculars can illuminate comet Lovejoy

Greetings, stargazers. If you haven’t seen a comet yet, this is your chance. Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy) is now a dim naked-eye object. If you are not looking closely, it could be confused with any...

DATE: Jan. 24, 2015 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Familiar Orion offers much to contemplate

Greetings, stargazers. Perhaps the most recognizable constellation in the winter sky is Orion. Many people unfamiliar with the night sky can at least recognize the three stars of Orion’s belt....

DATE: Dec. 27, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Galilean moons of Jupiter offer regular eclipses

Greetings, stargazers. I hope you enjoyed the recent great pictures from comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko (or 67P for short) as much as I did. Launched in 2004 by the European Space Agency, the...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

LED lights save energy but add light to night sky

Greetings, stargazers. A very common question you may have asked or you might hear from a child is: “Why is the sky blue?” An excellent question that goes right along with: “Why are sunsets red?”...

DATE: Oct. 25, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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