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|Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Birthday......all rolled into one!
Hope you have a really enjoyable day today ;-)
Very best wishes for 2007.
|Oh my fantasies may be dashed ;-0 ????|
va va voom
|Xena my gorgeous Warrior Princess,
How nice to hear from you again!
My analogy of you is sincere, you really are fabulous IMHO. I do apologise for not replying to you sooner but to be honest I only remembered that this thread existed a couple of days ago when I looked it up :-)
As much as I like a nice pub with friends, I tend not to go to BB get togethers unless I feel I know the regulars very well - only because there are also a lot of weido's out there as well. Unfortunately, I don't know the regulars at RPT well enough (visa versa). Although, I have met some great people and friends through the BB's over the years.
I don't know where abouts you live, but I would much rather have you all to myself in a nice romantic hideaway given the chance ;-) Otherwise, my fantasies will just continue ..... ;-)
I look forward to hopefully getting to know you better :-)|
va va voom
|Va Va Voom,
I'm flattered by your analogy of me, despite having to wait 3 months for a reply to my post...
We may be arranging a friendly meeting in a nice pub with the regulars on the Regal thread, and it would be great if you came along too.
I look forward to hearing from you, even though, according to my calculations that should be around Easter?
Best wishes ;-)
|Morning Va Va Voom,
I'm thrilled to bits at having my very own thread, I'm glad also that Frank will be able to moderate it when he sees fit.
It would be nice to chat to a fellow comrade-in-arms about different things for a change, however, that will have to come later because at the moment - I'm wrapped up in Regal 24/7.
I've noticed you've sold your original stake in Regal, a profit is a profit of course, and there's nothing wrong with retaining your original stake, as you say, it's a win-win situation and best of all you can now have a good night's sleep but I'll talk about that shortly.
At the moment though, most of my waking thoughts are centred on Regal, but what is most worrying of all for me, is when I go to sleep. I sleep well usually but over the past few days my dreams have become very dramatic and extremely colourful indeed. I have also begun taking a calculater to bed with me.
Last night I dreamt I flew to Australia, I was the pilot and there was nobody else on the plane. I suddenly began to do backflips, and looping the loop like the Red Arrows only in a jumbo jet. In my dream I felt safe in the knowledge that a jumbo could always fly itself if necessary.
I was ordered to land by the Ukrainian authorities and frog-marched off to the Kiev Court, and yes, you've guessed, it was on the 19th.
My charge was for flying without a pilot's licence, however, I spied Frank Timis and gave him my most beaming of smiles and a friendly wink.
Miraculously, my charge was reduced to simply not wearing a seat-belt and my pilot's licence was returned along with my taxi fare home, maybe they were trying to tell me something.
Anyway the moral of the story is this: Never fly on a Jumbo Jet that has no passengers, and of course, a grinning pilot wearing a Red Arrows T-Shirt, clutching large amounts of Regal Share Certificates ;-)
Hope to catch up with some cheerful non-regal banter post-19th.
Take care and I hope you have a great weekend ;-)
|Too old for me Frank,|
|For those whose tongues are sticking out their mouths, please post here.|
|Sweet of them to name a planet after me!
But as its nearly 10 billion miles awayi don't think I'll be staking out my claim just yet.
|10th Planet a Highly Reflective Puzzle
April 12th, 2006
We know little enough about our system's tenth planet (once called 2003 UB313 and now unofficially called Xena), but as new observations come in, we're learning that it is a mysterious place indeed. The latest news comes from the Space Telescope Science Institute, which pegs the object's size at five percent larger than Pluto. That would make Xena roughly 2400 kilometers in diameter, a smaller world than originally thought based on how much light it reflects.
Not exactly startling news, given Xena's distance from the Sun and the difficulty in observing it, but the newly confirmed size means that the planet is so reflective that it bounces back fully 86 percent of the light that reaches it. No other planet can match this, and in the entire Solar System, no object other than Enceladus is so reflective. The latter is apparently constantly re-coated with ice by its active geysers.
Image: An artist's concept of Kuiper Belt object 2003 UB313 (nicknamed "Xena") and its satellite "Gabrielle." Ground-based observations suggested that Xena was about 30 percent greater in diameter than Pluto, but Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys images, taken on Dec. 9 and 10, 2005, yielded a diameter of 1,490 miles (with an uncertainty of 60 miles) for Xena. Pluto's diameter, as measured by Hubble, is 1,422 miles. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Schaller (for STScI).
So what does co-discoverer Mike Brown (California Institute of Technology) make of Xena's reflectivity? Here's his theory:
I think what is going on, is that the temperature of Xena - which is about minus 400 degrees Fahrenheit - causes the atmosphere to be frozen to the surface. This frozen atmosphere would make a nice, bright layer a few inches thick.
When Xena gets closer to the sun and heats up to a sultry 370 degrees below zero, the frozen atmosphere probably re-evaporates and the surface probably looks more like Pluto for a time. But Xena is currently 10 billion miles from the sun, and because of its distance is about as cold as it ever gets.
All of which makes sense, and the latest analysis of spectral data indicates that Brown's bright, frozen atmosphere is a surface layer of methane. Xena's orbit takes 560 years to complete, and will eventually bring the new world within 38 astronomical units of the Sun, inside the orbit of Pluto but outside Neptune's. By contrast, Pluto reaches 50 AU during its 248-year orbit but closes to 29 AU at perihelion.
Next up for Brown's team: continuing the study of Xena's tiny moon Gabrielle (again, an unofficial working name as we wait for the formal name to be assigned). Roughly 250 kilometers in diameter, Gabrielle can tell us much about Xena once its orbital parameters are established, giving us an accurate reading of the planet's mass.
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