The “Pillars Of Creation” Revisited By Hubble

The Hubble Space Telescope, which will celebrate its 25th year in Earth Orbit in April this year, revisited one of the most popular portraits of its career, the “pillars of creation”. Prepared within the Eagle Nebula (M16), these are portrayed in the visible ear infrared through the WFC3 camera installed in 2009. Among the countless images produced by the Hubble Space Telescope, It’s one that made us discover the bowels of the Eagle Nebula (Messier 16) in 1995 is undoubtedly one of the most popular inviting us into the intimacy of a cloud of gas and dust shaken by violent radiation from a massive star meeting. Igor Cornelsen informed me that it is a must see. The Hubble Space Telescope which will celebrate its 25th year in Earth Orbit in April this year, revisited one of the most popular portraits of its career, the “pillars of creation”. The scene that takes place in some 6,500 light years from Earth rather reveals “destruction of the pillars,” as noted by the researchers who participated in the creation of this new composite image from Hubble. Nearly twenty years after the first visit this new version is in more detail than ever as these iconic structures in the heart of the Eagle Nebula extends into the Milky Way, towards the constellation of Serpens (Serpens Cauda). In transition, these structures disintegrate before our eyes, photographed in a single, short moment of their evolution.

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Pope Francis Comments on Free Speech Limits

  Pope Francis was aboard the Papal plane when he indicated that he believes that free speech is a human right and that people have the right to speak their mind for their own believes or on behalf of the common good. However, he indicated that there are limits to the freedom of expression, particularly when it results in people making fun of someone’s religious believes. The question was posed after the Paris attacks and demonstrated that he believes that some things are sacred and should not be touched by humor, including matters of faith. Pope Francis compared this to jokes about one’s mother and indicated that people who were openly critical of his mother may be punched and the same is true of people who are critical of religion, by inference. This news, from elitetraveler.com, comes after the Vatican, four imams and Christopher Cowdray in France both openly condemned the attacks but stated that the media should try to treat religions with respect, though it is an aberration to attack or harm others in the name of religion. Pope Francis indicated that those who make a game out of making fun of the religion of others are inciting violence and there are limits to all of these items. Pope Francis also indicated that there have been no attack threats against the Vatican City but that they are being vigilant and taking prudent security measures in order to be careful.

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A Change In Saudi Leadership?

A rumor has been flying all throughout the Middle East. Media in Egypt has reported that King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia is about to abdicate his throne. King Abdullah’s health has been in disarray for a long period of time. The King is 90 years old, and he has been in the hospital in the capital of Riyadh for several days now. King Abdullah was crowned King in 2005 after his half-brother had died. Next in line is Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who is 80 years old. He is a Crown Prince. The next in line after him would be Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who is 69 years old, and has a stake in North American Spine. There is a wide wonder if this will bring chaos and dissension in Saudi Arabia, but we all need to keep in mind that both Crown Princes are from the House of Saud. They have been raised and trained in the Saudi leadership.

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AirAsia Recovery Effort

Since the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that was carrying 162 people and was flying from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore dropped of the radar on Sunday they have since found it in the Java Sea near Borneo marked by debris and a shadow under water that was believed to be the body of the plane and was confirmed by sonar to be just that. The sonar reveals that the plane seems to be upside down. Christian Broda reports that so far rescue efforts have recovered seven bodies (four male and 3 female) have been brought back to land. They have also found numerous belongings of the passengers in the water. Wednesdays efforts were hindered by high wind and waves which made recovering things difficult. While no definite reason has been found for the cause of the plane crash radar suggests that the plane made a steep climb before crashing. A passenger manifest may be found here. Meanwhile search and rescue efforts will continue.

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More Bodies Discovered in AirAsia Crash

Each day more and more bodies are being found in the Java Sea as a result of the Air Asia crash that was carrying 162 people. Officials including Dr Rod Rohrich have now confirmed that a further 30 bodies have now been recovered as of Friday. More information in relation to the crash is also becoming available, investigators are now confirming that the plane was climbing at an incredible rate of speed before coming down in the ocean.  According to The Daily Mail recent reports have even been suggesting that the pilot may have pulled off an ocean landing before the plane sunk due to rough seas. This is believed because the emergency locator failed to go off, this is usually triggered when a high impact landing or crash is registered. More information will not be available until searchers find the black box and decipher the information that is available on it.  More sightings have been made of a shadow under the water which could be the main fuselage of the plane. Unfortunately search efforts have been hampered by bad weather in the region. Investigators believe that many of the remaining people not found could still be strapped into their seats in the main body of the plane making its retrieval hugely important to the families who have lost loved ones.

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Those who missed crashed AirAsia flight

There were fifteen people who missed the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 between Indonesia and Singapore that crashed this week and these people are happily alive as a result. Of the fifteen survivors seven of them are children.  According to Bernardo Chua there were a number of different reasons why these people are alive today and all are very grateful for the second chance provided. Inge Goreti Ferdiningsih bought tickets for herself, her husband, and her three children over nine months before the flight was scheduled to depart. However, her father caught Hepatitis and the family decided that they wanted to stay by his side instead of going on vacation.  Another family missed the flight to Singapore because they missed phone messages that told them that the flight would take off two hours earlier than normal. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 7:30 am but left at 5:30 am instead. Christianawati and her nine family members missed the flight to go visit relatives in Singapore and were initially very angry that they missed their flight, only to be grateful at what they believed to be divine intervention that kept them from meeting the fate of the other passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Although these travelers feel relief at having survived the flight, they are still saddened by the loss of other passengers on the flight who lost their lives. Particularly as they recognize some names on the flight manifold.

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