Saturday, February 25, 2006 via Scientific American.com
Two New Moons--and Maybe Some Rings--for PluoAdding to the growing compendium of Kuiper belt objects, astronomers have spotted two new moons orbiting Pluto. Observations with the Hubble Space Telescope from May of last year show two tiny dots revolving around the same center of gravity as the ninth planet and its largest moon, Charon. Reporting the finding today in Nature, the researchers speculate that the tiny companions formed in the same cataclysmic collision that produced Charon.
'We used Hubble's exceptional resolution to peer close to Pluto and pick out two small moons that had eluded detection for more than 75 years,' says Hal Weaver, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University and the discovery team leader. 'That was somewhat surprising because ground-based observers had been trying for more than a decade to find new satellites around Pluto,' adds astronomer Max Mutchler of the Space Telescope Science Institute, the first to see the moons in Hubble's images. posted by Gary Williams at 3:02 PM | link |
does not consist
in gazing at
but in looking
in the same
- Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
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Friday, February 24, 2006 via game magazine
I Have No Words & I Must Design
This article was published in 1994 in Interactive Fantasy #2, a British roleplaying journal. Page down to read, or click on the links below to jump to a particular section.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006 from, Meg: opacity
Tuesday, February 21, 2006 Blogging in Paris
I dreamt a dream! What can it mean?
And that I was a maiden Queen
Guarded by an Angel mild:
Witless woe was ne’er beguiled!
And I wept both night and day,
And he wiped my tears away;
And I wept both day and night,
And hid from him my heart’s delight.
So he took his wings, and fled;
Then the morn blushed rosy red.
I dried my tears, and armed my fears
With ten-thousand shields and spears.
Soon my Angel came again;
I was armed, he came in vain;
For the time of youth was fled,
And grey hairs were on my head.
William Blake, 1757-1827
I took this photo at Highga" posted by Gary Williams at 5:11 PM | link |