The Guardafui Channel is an oceanic strait off the tip of the Horn of Africa that lies between the Puntland region of Somalia and Socotra to the west of the Arabian Sea. It connects the Gulf of Aden to the north with the Somali sea to the south, its namesake is Cape Guardafui, the tip of the Horn of Africa. Notable places of interest include the Alula Lagoon, its width is roughy 100 kilometers between Ras Asir and Abd al Kari, 240 kilometers between Ras Asir and Socotra. Gardafuul, a province of the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, is named after it. In its narrower sense, Marinka Gardafuul, in English called the Guardafui Channel, refers to the strait between Puntland and Abd al Kuri; the oceanic strait goes by many names, including the Ras Hafun Strait, named after the headland of Ras Hafun, near the town of Foar, the Ras Asir-Socotra Strait, the Cape Guardafui Strait, the Guardafui-Socotra Channel Guardafui Channel Cape Guardafui Channel, Socotra Strait, Socotra Passage. The oceanic strait has been regarded as a dangerous pitfall both during peace and war times.
It was a strategic region during World War Two. Due to its possession by an Axis power at the time, The Allies attempted to secure passage through the oceanic strait in the Operation Chapter. Subsequently, the Allies decided that in order to continue routing independent ships and convoys, air cover was needed; the oceanic strait experiences cyclones that emerge from its southeast in the Somali sea. There is Yemen over the sovereignty of its islands; the presence of an archipelago has meant that there are shores for stranded sailors to find shelter, which on occasion has subsequently resulted in their evacuations. To the northwest, it connects with the Gulf of Aden, to the northeast with the Arabian Sea and to the south with the Somali sea; the passage contains the islands of Abd al Kuri and Samhah. Ships passing the strait use the Francesco Crispi lighthouse in Cape Guardafui as a navigational aid. On the western mainland on the Horn African coast, lie the Puntite localities of Aluula, Ras Filuk, Cape Guardafui, Bereeda and Bargal.
The northern reaches of the Guardafui Channel lies at the Gulf of Aden Oligocene - Miocene oceanic floor. The Guardafui Channel, as well as the island chain of the Socotra archipelago are located in the Somali Plate. Strait of Sicily
Nathan Greene is a contemporary American artist and painter. While Bill Frist was the Senate Majority Leader, a lithograph of a Greene painting hung in his office. A Greene painting hangs in the office of the US Senate chaplain Barry Black; the Seventh-day Adventist television show It Is Written uses a Greene portrait of Jesus in its opening credits. Greene was influenced by great illustrators/painters like Harry Anderson, Haddon Sundblom, Tom Lovell. Greene attended Chicago's American Academy of Art. In his early years he did painting and illustrations for Christianity Today, Tyndale House, Focus on the Family, National Wildlife Federation, NASA; the painting "Family of God" hangs prominently at the Loma Linda University Medical Center and the painting "Chief of the Medical Staff" hangs in the Florida Hospital Celebration Health. In 1999, the Pacific Union College's Rasmussen Art Gallery held a Nathan Greene exhibition titled "Portraits of Jesus". In 2009, Greene was commissioned to create the "I Was Hungry" painting for the Versacare Corporation.
2MASS J04414489+2301513 is a young brown dwarf 470 light years away with an orbiting companion about 5–10 times the mass of Jupiter. The mass of the primary brown dwarf is 20 times the mass of Jupiter and its age is one million years, it is not clear whether this companion object is a planet. The companion is large with respect to its parent and must have formed within 1 million years or so; this seems to be too big and too fast to form like a regular planet from a disk around the central object. The 2MASS J04414489+2301513 system has a large separation companion, 2MASS J04414565+2301580, which in turn has a nearby small separation substellar companion. 2M J044145 has similar proper motion to 2M J044144 and is physically associated with the system. The entire system of 4 objects is a hierarchical quadruple of two binary stars orbiting each other; the primary component has a spectral type of M4.5 and a red apparent magnitude of 14.2. Both components seem to be accreting mass from their stellar disks, as shown by their emission lines.
The four stars have a total mass of only 26% of the Sun, making it the quadruple star system with the lowest mass known. 2MASS 2M1207 HR 8799 Jean Schneider. "Notes for star 2M J044144". Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2011