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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2S THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Saturday, 23, 1973 Ask Andy Your horoscope The comet's tail Andy sends a complete 29- volume set of the Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Sara Snyder, age 11. of Algona, Iowa, for her question: What makes a comet's tail turn Irtim the sun? It's time to start brushing up on our comets. Six months now, a razzle-dazzle visit- or is expected in our skies. And the more we know about comets, the better we will be able to appreciate it. Visits from major comets are very rare and this one is not on the list of scheduled appearances. Astronomers spotted it way outside tlie Solar System. If their figuring is accurate, and if nothing pulls it off course, it will arrive just in time to hang a stupendous Christmas decor- ation in the sky. A big comet outshines the brightest star and may be seen in the sky when the brilliant sun is at high noon. But with- out a doubt, its most fabulous feature is a long golden tail, which may spread across half Today in history By THE CANADIAN PRESS. June 23, 1973 Robert Clive, East India Company's military com- mander, won the Battle of Plassey 216 years ago to- deposed Suraj-ud-Dowlah, who had invaded Calcutta and im- prisoned the English survi- vors in the Black Hole, where most of them died in a single night. On his return to England, after two terms as governor of Bengal, Clivs was accused of cor- ruption, but a parlia- mentary inquiry com- mended him for "merit- orious services to the state." UN delegate Jakob Malik proposed Ko- rean ceasefire talks. invaded Russia along a front during the Second World War. fire in Trois-Riv- ieres, Que., festroyed 300 buildings. Quebec Act re- ceived Royal Assent. Hudson, his son and loyal sailors were set adrift in a small boat by his mutinous crew. the sky. One would think that this spectacular feature must be made of something pretty substantial. But astronomers tell us that a comet's tail is no more than a stream of infinites- imal particles. The nucleus of a comet is thought to be a bulky ball of chunky stones held together in an icy mixture of frozen gases. For most of its life, this is all there is. The dark, frozen nu- cleus spends decades or even centuries dawdling around an orbit that may take it to the edge of the Solar System or even beyond. But dramatic changes occur as the far voy- aging comet approaches the end of its orbit which loops around the sun. By the time it reaches the or- bit of Jupiter, it begins to feel the surging forces of the sun. For one thing, its speed accel- erates. Sunshine brightens up its dull cold face. As it speeds nearer to the U-turn, it feels growing pressure from radia- tion pouring from the starry sun. Some of its icy material begins to melt and a first breath of solar wind promises mighty pressures to come. A big comet becomes visible in our skies when or before it crosses the orbit of Mars. Ma- terial evaporated from its nu- cleus surrounds it with a huge glowing halo. This golden ball is the comet's head, reflecting the brilliant glory of the sun. By this time, the comet is traveling very, very fast. As its icing evaporates, dusty frag- ments of solid material are left behind along its path. These form the trailing tail and solar radiation pushes it behind the approaching comet. The sunlit tail fans out and may be longer hatn the distance between us and the sun. Solar radiation continues its outward pressure as the comet makes its dramatic U-turn. Around the curve, the tail swings in a half circle, always pointing away from the sun. As the comet leaves, the tail streams on ahead. Astronomers boggle at the speed with which the tail re- verses itself as the comet swings around the sun. This is hard to explain and some of the details are not understood. Certainty the pressure of solar radiation can push the filmy tail away from the sun. But some astronomers suspect that other forces may lend a help- ing hand. Perhaps the Christ- mas Comfit will reveal these subtle secrets. Questions asKed by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765. Hnnticgton Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1973 By JEANE DIXON SUNDAY, JUNE 24 Your birthday today: in- troduces a sustained adven- ture in the finer arts of great living in spiritual evolvement and in simple joys. Today's natives are se- rious types, frequently pos- sessing musical taknts, and often prefer older compan- ions. ARIES (March 21-April With grace and dignity, be vi- sible your normal share of the community's customs. Let yesterday be bygone. TAURUS (APril 20-May Time for meditation is the most important factor this crowded weekend. Romantic episodes blossom when least expected. GEMINI (May 21-June There's much to learn, many ways of being helpful to the people who count in your life. CANCER (June 21-July Being charming is natural if you're healthy and onng the ap- propriate things for your age. LEO (July 23 Aug. Leave strangers to their own devices, choose home life ond familiar companions. Travel requires extra cash. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Usually ereliable advice miss- es its mark you're better off following your intuition. Ksep careful money records. LIBRA (.Sept. 23-Oct. There's little to do beyond the usual this Sunday, so be sure you do it well, with the right word properly placed. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. You have a special influence here and there, even though you're making no great effort to throw your weight around. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. The lighter side of life is at hand laugh with loved ones, and leave business plans for tomorrow. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Early hours may ssem dull, but continue scyle, then see the mood of the day warm into cheerfulfun. Futt with figures By J. A. H. HUNTER icciuered rectangular good friends backing you. Use inTChina, eh? But it's the skills you've gained, to 'c. fha rvrnippt GOREF ON BRIDGE Joe was examining his friend's treasures. "A nice he said, picking richly lacquered box. "From _ big. What's the volume? "I got it in Canton on a busi- ness trip to Shameen fifty years replied Bob. "You figure out its volume. The bottom is 96 square inches, the side 72, and the end 48 square inches." Well? (Answer tomorrow) i Friday's answer: Ted's num- her, 2405. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 Feb.1 Insist that others make their own decisions. Yours at- tract little support; they're best confined to matters you can deal with alone. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Whatever tactics are needed to exit center stage, use them once you've managed your share of the chors and amenities. MONDAY, JUNE 25 Your birthday today: Starts a quest for better work- ing conditions, a wider range of eprsonal expression, some- thing "different'1 to do. Rela- tionships require special ef- fort in communication. Pros- perity increases with heavier responsibility in tha last half of the year. Today's natives are sociable but somewhat sensitive. ARIES (March 21-April Looking ahead, the week seems confused. Your objectivity is needed. All clears up in the afternoon so you can plan a sensible program. TAURUS (April 20-May Being latient through early hours ssts you up for an ex- tended run of personal efficien- cy. GEMINI (May 21-June Belive nothing of today's pro- mises, make none yourself. Miscellaneous items are mis- placed if you leave tthem scat- tered about. CANCER (June 21-July This is apt to be a moody, restless day. See that it's your conflicts other needn't hear much about. LEO (July 23 Aug. Nothing haphazard will pass inspection. Business and car- eer matters require attention to details. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. Your own thinking is the es- sential factor tiiis morning. When it differs from friends' thinking you'll have to be de- finite and tactful. t LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. I Your fortunes and spirits perk up just about the time you've worn out this day of crosscur- rents and mixed details. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. Now it's the other fellow's turn to pitch. Wait and observe how he does it. You can gain by his initiative. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. Young people poss vexing questions. No quick-and-e a s y solution offers itself: be pa- tient, keep at it. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 Jan. Long hoped for rewards come within reach. You have TUMBLEWEEOS-By Tom K. Ryan begin an ambitious project. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 FeK The day is well spent if you only sort things out. Com- plications are hidden in even well worn routines. PISCES (Feb. 19-March Formal promises, contracts need further exploration, aren't feasible in present form. 1973, The Chicago Tribune JSY CHARLES H- COREN e Tilt Chiugi TrituM WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. 1 East-West vulner- able, and as South yon hold: S7A9754 OAJ843 The bidding has proceeded South West- Worth East 1 V Pass 1 A JPass I O PaSf 2 4k Pass r Wtot do you bid now? Q. Sotfth, vulnerable, >ou hold: 4K1094 The bidding has proceeded: South West North East Pass 1 V Pass 1 4> Pass 3 Pass 3 Pass 4 V JPass What do you bid now? Q. vulnerable, and South you hold: The bidding has proceeded: East South West North Pass Pass Pass 1 0 Pass INT Pass Pass 2 What do yoe bid now? Q. vulnerable, and as South you hold: 2 7 O AJ10 985 3 The bidding has proceeded: East South "West "North Pass 1 O 1 V Dble. What do you bid now? Q. South, vulnerable, you hold: OA842 The bidding has proceeded: East Sonth West North 1 Dble. 2 3 OU LOOK JUST LIKE BUGS, I TH'NAME OF THAT MOVIE STAR I WAS SUPPOSED TO SAYi PO 1. STILL, SET TH 5O CENTS YOU ;