In October, take a peek at Uranus and two eclipses

Greetings, stargazers. Ancient astronomers knew of five “wanderers” in the sky. These five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn – are all very bright, and, obviously, they move with...

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

With telescope, mine the riches of constellation Lyra

Greetings, stargazers. I hope you have been enjoying the dog days of summer. One reason these might be called the dog days is because Sirius, the dog star, is now roughly aligned with the sun....

DATE: Aug. 23, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Remove the noise to let night sky pictures shine

Greetings, stargazers. Last month, I talked about astrophotography on the cheap. You can take photos with wide fields of view and either very short or very long exposures to get your feet wet in...

DATE: July 26, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Photographing the stars can be fun and easy

Greetings, stargazers. Astrophotography is great fun even if you don’t have the most expensive camera on the block. At star parties, I frequently see people pull out their phone to snap a photo...

DATE: June 21, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Near Hesperus, FLC observatory explores night sky

Greetings, stargazers. This time of year has fewer hours of darkness, but since school is out, I get more opportunities to use the Fort Lewis College Observatory. This spring, two physics...

DATE: May 24, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Time to turn your telescope to our nearby neighbors

Greetings, stargazers. I hope you enjoyed the lunar eclipse more than doing your taxes. If you missed this one, there are more to come in the next couple of years. The next one happens Oct. 8....

DATE: April 26, 2014 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

The universe likes simplicity: Just ask hydrogen

Greetings, stargazers. We have barely passed the equinox, but it already feels like we are heading into summer. I think another few feet of snow would be great, but in the mean time I hope you...

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

New supernova lights up in the cigar galaxy

Greetings, stargazers. Timing is everything. One day after I submitted my What’s Up in Durango Skies column for January, the brightest supernova in a generation went off in M82. This one appears...

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

Alpha stars not always the sky’s brightest

Greetings, stargazers. When learning about the night sky, much of what you are doing is learning names. Just like with plants or birds, the agreed-upon names help you communicate to others what...

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

In 2014, you can help keep the night sky dark

Greetings, stargazers. You probably heard that comet ISON didn’t survive to light up our December skies. What you might not know, however, is that comet C/2013 R1 Lovejoy is still visible in the...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2013 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Take a look for comet ISON as it nears the sun

Greetings, stargazers. I have heard that comets are like cats. They both have tails and are hard to predict. Comet ISON certainly fits this description. Early in November, I saw comet ISON as an...

DATE: Nov. 23, 2013 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

Satellites race across the sky after sunset

Greetings, stargazers. The time between monsoons and snow also is the season between the objects in the bright summer Milky Way and some of the familiar objects in the winter constellations...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2013 | COLUMN: What's up in Durango Skies

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