Argument at sunset

You stood on my foot

You may have seen the post below, the waltzing polar bears.

Well maybe there isn’t a happy ending, since they ended up having quite an argument that went on well into the night.

Pluto 2

Three different 'faces' of Pluto

In answer to my question ‘why is Pluto reddening?’ I got some information about a NASA site that gives a possible explanation, here it is:

“These changes are most likely consequences of surface ices sublimating on the sunlit pole and then refreezing on the other pole as the dwarf planet heads into the next phase of its 248-year-long seasonal cycle. The dramatic change in color apparently took place in a two-year period, from 2000 to 2002.”

I also read that taking good pictures of Pluto is not at all simple. One astronomer said it is like taking a photo of a soccer ball from about 70 km away.

Taj Mahal, view from above

It looks a little lonely doesn't it?

Viewed from above the Taj Mahal has quite a different character I feel. To see the most popular view click here.

Actually I must praise the local people for keeping the site of this wonderful building free from commercial businesses; in many other places such a building would be surrounded by hotels, fast-food shops and souvenir stores by now.


Turning red

Pluto is no longer known as a planet. In fact it is smaller than the Moon, and is now called a dwarf planet. It’s surface temperature is about -200C, and it is mostly covered with solid nitrogen. And it is turning slightly red in colour, but no-one knows why.

Owl, night hunter

Owl, Scotland

There is only one bird of prey that hunts at night: the owl.

They eat mostly small mammals, insects and other birds, and some eat fish. Even though they have very good eyesight they are far-sighted and cannot easily see things which are just a few centimetres away.