A major part of the christian world seems to be ignorant about the existence of an orthodox christian community in India. In India also many people think that all the christians are Roman Catholics and hence Europeans! But even before Europe heard of Christianity, a small state-Kerala- in South India embraced Christianity in 52 AD.
Archive for June, 2004
IBM unveiled its Linux Centre of Competency at Bangalore, which, it said, will help its clients from industry, academia and government move to computing environment based on open standards.
“The Centre provides facilities and support and consulting services to test, develop and drive Linux application and solution development. It will also provide Linux product and solution certification. It will help clients take full advantage of the reliability, flexibility and total cost of ownership value that Linux provides,” IBM said in a statement.
The Centre will also be used for in-depth technology briefings and workshops, as well as product and solution demonstrations and Linux education and training. “IBM has been committed to Linux for years and supports the ‘opening up’ of software and services,” said R Dhamodaran, Vice-President and Country Executive, IBM Software Group.
Precise observations in recent years at radio, infrared, and x-ray wavelengths have provided enough compelling evidence for most astronomers to subscribe to the awe-inspiring notion that a supermassive black hole resides at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. With a mass 4 million times that of our Sun, it exerts a dramatic gravitational influence on the motions of objects passing within its several-light-year sphere of influence. As extensive as this domain may seem, it is quite modest from our distant perspective, 25,000 light-years away; the angular size of the black hole's domain is about as large, projected onto the sky, as the disk of nearby Jupiter, about 30 arc sec. The black hole itself is vastly smaller, so obtaining an unambiguous measurement of its extent has long been a major challenge.
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On June 8, 2004, Venus – the Earth’s sister planet – passes in front of the Sun as seen from the Earth. This very rare event (no living person has ever seen one!) lasts about 6 hours and will be visible from most of Europe, Africa and Asia.
A Venus Transit observed with sufficient accuracy from the Earth allows the distance between the Earth and the Sun to be determined. This measure is crucial for astronomers to know because all other distance determinations in the universe ultimately depend on this value.