Up and up the roads to Green Bank went, winding into the West Virginian hills as four lanes thinned to one. It was early March and snow was still spattered on the leaf mould between the firs and larches. Hip-hop and classic rock radio stations were gradually replaced by grave pastors and bawdy men twanging banjos and, eventually, they too faded to crackling white noise. The signal pips on my phone hollowed out. I was nearly there.Read More
Even though it’s no longer officially a planet, Pluto is still surprising astronomers.
Data from the Hubble Space Telescope shows that two of its moons, Nix and Hyrda, wobble so much, that they move unpredictably as they orbit, Al Jazeera reports.
That’s because they are buffeted by the strong gravitational pull of Pluto and its sister dwarf-planet Charon.Read More