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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta S4 THE ITTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednosiloy, November B, 1972- Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Stu- dents Encyclopedia to Dor- othy Foote, age 11, of Willow- dale, Ontario, for her ques- tion: Do falling stars ever reach Hie ground? Sometimes o ne of them plonks on the ground or splashes into the sea. But the event is so rare that nobody is likely to be there when it happens. After all, most of the land area still is unpopulated and four- fifths of the globe is covered bv water. Almost all the so-call- ed falling stars swoop down like bright sparks and disap- pear long before they reach the ground. Or so it seems. Actual- ly they burn to ashes and grad- ually the dust filters to the earth. M As a rule, November is a good monlli to look for tlie met- eors called falling stars. Three separate meteor showers are scheduled for this season, though not all of them can be counted on to appear every year. However, the one called the Taurids makes an annual appearance. It can be expected to start on November 8, which is tonight, and continue through November 9 and 10. Look for it in the northeastern sky. Locate the brillant constella- tion Orion, shaped like a slim diamond. It marches westward over the behind Taurus the Bull, with the glowering red star Aldebaran in his eye. To- night's meteor shower is nam- ed for Taurus because they seem to come tumbling down from his place in the sky. If the Taurids put on a good show, hundreds of sparks fan out in bright arches, dipping down to the earth. Some years, Novem- ber 14 brings the Leonid met- eor shower, centred near Leo the Lion. Or on November 17, the Androminids may put on a show near Andromeda. Most and perhaps all meteor showers are dust trails left when long-gone comets crossed the earth's orbit. We pass through them on certain dates as we circle the sun. There the massive earth pulls down swarms of the dusty fragments and they burn up as they dash down through the atmosphere. Most of them catch fire about 100 miles up and die about 30 miles above the ground. But not all meteros come from comets and not all of (hem are tiny fragments. Some are chunks of rock, minerals and even clay lhat come from who-knows-where in the Solar System. Most of theso space travelers are no bigger than grains of sand. Like the dust from old comets, they, too burn to dead ashes long before they reach the ground. However, some of the mete- ors straying through the solar system are as big as pebbles and a few are mighty big boulders. The smallish pebbles may have time to bum to ash- es before they reach the ground. But most meteors that weight ten pounds or more merely scorch their skins. Some crack apart and land in pieces. Once in a while a whop- ping meteor lands with a wal- loping thump. All the meteors that land on the earth are called meteorites. A few giant meteorites weigh many tons, but they are very rare. Every day, hundreds of scorched meteors land some- where on earth and become pebble sized meteorites. And all the dusty ashes from tiny fall- ing stars eventually filters down through the air. Astron- omers tell us that meteorites and meteor dust add tons anc tons to the weight of the world every year. Questions askud by of Herald readers should jc mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Box 765. Huntington Bcacli, California 9264S. (Copyright Chronicle Publishing Co. 1372) New president of exchange NEW YORK (AP) Richard M. Burdge, 45-year-old automa- tion expert, was named presi- dent of the American Stock Ex- change Monday. He replaces Paul Kolton, who assumed the newly-created post of Amex chairman last Thurs- day as part of an exchange reorganization. Burdge, who will become chief operating officer, had been with the Amex since 1968, most recently as executive vice-president. GOREN ON BRIDGE 'BY CHARLES H. 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