Sunday, February 26, 2006

That's Why The Middle East Is In The Deep Shit!

Now I Knew Why!?

Where Is The Lebanese Government?

United On Nature
Sassine El Nabbout Photo

Saint Sassine Church, Batroun Heights

Sassine El Nabbout Photo

Do We Need Armies?

Why Do We Hate Each Other That Much?

Pluto Has 2 Moons

A Hubble Space Telescope image released yesterday confirms what a fuzzy shot taken last May only hinted at: Two more moons have been found orbiting Pluto, making a total of three.
The new picture, captured on February 15, shows S/2005 P 1 and S/2005 P 2—catchier names will come later—faintly glowing in the starlike shine of Pluto and its other moon, Charon.
Astronomers led by astrophysicist Hal Weaver of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, estimate that P 1 is 38 miles (61 kilometers) in diameter, versus P 2's 29 miles (47 kilometers).
The newfound moons orbit on the same plane as Charon. This suggests that all three moons were born from a cataclysmic collision of two Pluto-size objects millions of years ago, the researchers write in a report in today's issue of the journal Nature.
So the "twins" are true, but that's only the beginning of the story. Weaver and his team will train Hubble's eye on Pluto again next week for a clearer picture of the moons' sizes, shapes, and colors.

Ted Chamberlain
National Geographic

Saturday, February 25, 2006