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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THEIITHBRIDOI HMAID - Saturday, March 20, !t7t Your horoscope By Jean* Dixon SUNDAY, MARCH 21 Your Birhtday Today: The vernal equinox comes this year at 1:38 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Babies born before this minute are Pis-eeans, those born after are Arians. The hour varies in different yean. All of today's natives, both signs, face a year of expanding progress achieved by consistent work and use of their established skills and earned vocational credentials. Original variations of tested formulas pay off. Today's natives (Pis-ceans) are strong spiritually; (Arians) tend to be more competitive, have artistic talents. * ARIES (March 21 - April II): Rise, early and take an active share in community customs, expressions of faith and unity. TAURUS (April 20 - May 20): Milky Way Andy sends a complete 20-volume set of the World Book Encyclopedia to Kimi Kawamoto, age 12, of Omaha, Nebraska, for her question: Bow can the earth be part of the Milky Way? Back in 1610, Galileo turned bis small homemade telescope on the Milky Way and discovered that its blurry light comes from a teeming host of faraway stars. When we behold its pale arch over the sky, this teems believable. But we are told that this crowded starry realm is 20,000 light years or more from our solar system. With this up-to-date information in mind, it is hard to believe that our small, remote planet can be a part of the Milky Way. Nevertheless, it is.  � * The stately city of Omaha Is part of Nebraska. Someone told you this - and maybe you verified its location by visiting Toy banned on school grounds EDMONTON (CP) - A child's toy which consists of two hard balls connected by ttring is being banned from public school because they are considered hazardous, George Stout, information officer for the public school board, said today. A note will be sent out next week advising principals that the toy is "too dangerous to be used on school property," Mr. Stout said. ' The object of the toy is to hold the string in the middle and make the balls swing apart, then crash back together. Bill Almolky, information officer for the separate school board, said Roman Catholic school officials are also looking into the safety aspect. "We are confiscating any we find on school property and they won't be returned until June," said Bill Mukanik, a vice - principal of a junior high school. In Calgary, a few elementary school principals have banned the toy from school property because they said the flailing balls have caused bruises and could be dangerous if a child was hit on the head. Traffic meanie KNOXVILLE, Term. (AP) -A couple left their 10 children In a truck parked outside the main post office building and went inside to get clothing and bedding from a Salvation Army office. While they were gone a meter maid strolled by and placed a parking ticket on the truck. parts of the state beyond the visible horizon. As an earth-ling, you can comprehend these dimensions and test them. But the dimensions of the glimmering Milky Way occupy an enormous pie - shaped region of the infinite oceans of space that surround our planet. We must strain our brains to com-prehei.d its scope - and, at least at present, we cannot explore and test it in person. The diameter of our earth in less than 8,000 miles, but our solar system measures about 10 billion miles from side to side. Our dazzling sun is merely one of an estimated 100 billion stars that belong to the Milky Way. The diameter of the enormous star system is estimated to be 80,000 light years. Traveling non - stop at almost 700 million miles per hour, a spaceship could cross it in 80,000 earth years. We live in the suburbs in one of the thinly populated spokes that spiral out from the teeming center. Our nearest starry neighbors are about 25 million million earth miles beyond the orbit of Pluto. The crowded center of the Big Wheel is 26,000 light years away, somewhere behind the constellation Sagittarius. From the earth, we have an edgewise view of our enormous home in the heavens. We see its teeming stars as the pale glimmering arch of the Milky Way. Our view is limited to a pie-slice section of the wheeling system and the single bright stars we see are those that share our suburban neighborhood. As the big wheel rotates, its separate stars move at different speeds and those near the hub move faster. The earth moves in step with the solar system, completing one galactic orbit in 200 million years. Our little planet is indeed part of the rotating Milky Way and can never escape from its big beauteous home in the heavens. The next nearest galactic star systems are enormous distances beyond the outer rim of our Milky Way - out in the infinite ocean of extra-galacitc space. * * * The crowded nucleus of our galaxy is about 25,000 light years wide and 8,000 light years thick From it, two thinly populated spokes spiral out to the rim. The Big Wheel rotates around an axis through the nucleus. It has a north and south galactic pole, a galactic equator around its wide waist, plus galactic lines of latitude and longitude. Facing spaceward from the earth's North Pole, the wheeling Milky Way rotates in a clockwise direction. Questions asked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765, Huntington Beach, California 92648. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1971) GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN .(� 1*71: By Tilt CKIrate Trlbunr] WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. l - Neither vulnerable. South you hold: *t2 J6 Pali 5 4 Pass ? What do you bid now? Q. 8-Both vulnerable, as South you hold: 4A4 MAVB Noricap BEFOBB THIS) BEETLE BAILEY-By Mort Walker NO.'X 60T INfOLTED, THAW WHAT X0OT/ em sao x mad TOO MUCH" E*PE?EN�E0N MY 6LEBV6 AND N0TEN0U6M ATERRACE! Ill ABNIR-By Al Capp ntSTHE BELL. FOR OUR CLASS IN LADYLIKE SELF-CONTROL" >-SO STASH IT AWAY, LETS SPLIT f AND cool IT/7- REMEMBER, NO BOY THAT-flVff/.O^S^ ' PERFECT really ARCHIE-By Bob Montana NOT A SINGLE. ROOM VACANT FOR. OUR CLUB THAT'S RJ6HT.1 WE HAVE MORE CLUBS ARQUNC HERE THAN , SAM SNEAP/ / #500 FOR SMOKE I CONTROL ON THE. > CHIMNEY??.' ( WHERE'O SVENSCM V^SET m/3 IDEA? I" mmmmm\ HI AND LOIS-By Dik Brown* SHORT RIBS-By Frank O'Neal BUGS BUNNY I MEARP TH' FIRE EN&INES COME SCREECWIN' UP TH' STREET AN STOP AT Vtf� HOUSE ...munch; THERE WAS SMOKE POURIN' OUT CALL TH' WINPDWS, BUT THOSE FIREMEN DJP A Gf?EAT 11Q3...CH0MP/J ;