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 next few months, it can be found below the belly of Leo the Lion.
Leo is one of the constellations of the zodiac, and one of the...
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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 your zenith, you will find a pair of stars that are about the same moderate brightness. They are so similar in apparent...
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 Gemini and Orion, but because it doesn’t have the eye-catching asterisms found in those neighbors.
In fact, one of its brighter...
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 is a new year, according to the “modern,” Gregorian calendar from 1582. And as I change wall calendars to 2016, this is as...
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 scope-owning spouse. If so, consider an eyepiece upgrade.
Most entry- or mid-level telescopes come with economy model eyepieces.
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, Colorado would join Arizona and Hawaii in foregoing the biannual sleep disruption.
If you saw the recent Trident missile launch on...
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 something looks extra big, even if you otherwise wouldn’t notice the difference.
These two things helped the most recent lunar...