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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Julurdoy, NftMmbH 11, _ THI lETHMIDGE HiRALB YOUR HOROSCOPE By JEAN6 DIXON SUNDAY, NOV. 12 Your birthday today: In- creasing skills and the chance to apply them are yours for the effort, perhaps in mote than one field of special in- terest. Today's natives are reserved and tenacious hut otherwise show few Scorpio- like traits. ARIES (March 21 April Diversion Is the main idea get out of familiar ruts, find a new place to go, share some favorite pastime, invite visitors. TAURUS (April May Be alert and proper in your ob- servance of community cus- toms. Let your attention be de- voted to bidding better person al relations. GEMINI (May 21 June You're on the opening edge of a fresh cycle of emotional ex- pression. People you don't know well have much to offer. CANCER (June 21 July A day dedicated to loved ones brings good cheer something to remember and something to work on for several days to come. LEO (July 211 Aug. Gather congenial people about you. Find out more of current circumstances rathe- than try forcing any special arrange- ments. VIRGO (Aug. 23 Sept. Playing it safe comes naulral- ly; follow impulse rather than habit. Sharing home enjoyment with good friends is preferable to travel. LIBRA (Sept. Oct. Bridge the gaps between peo- The asteroids Andy sends a complete 20- volume set of the Merit Slu- dents Encyclopedia to Col- leen Bohan, age 11, of Stalen Island, New York, for her question: Exactly what arc the aster- oids? Some weeks ago, these little bodies were mentioned in the science news. In iacl, some people kept their fuigers cross- ed, hoping that our long distance space probe would not collide with one of them on its fabu- lous voyage toward Jupiter. As- tronomers have studied them for decades, counted thousands of them and charted many of their orbits in fine detail. But so far, the asteroids have kept their most interesting secrets to themselves. The word "asteroids'1 means "little wliich they are not. Astronomers, who like to be very precise, usually call them which means "little This is because these Email solid bod- ies travel in planet-type orbits around the sun. Unlike a moon, an asteroid docs not orbit a parent planet while the two of them circle the sun together. Each asteroid-planetoid is on its own, orbiting iLs own path at its own speed. We talk about the asteroid belt because most of the plane- toids occupy a region between the orbits of Mars and Jupit- er. This is what caused some to worry that our spacecraft on (he way to Jupiter might col- lide with one of them. After all, we know that there are at least thousands of them and nobody can figure where all of them are at the moment a space- craft happens to pass through their neighborhood. Even a tiny one could be ruinous, but luck- ily nothing happened. The asteroid territory Is shaped somewhat like a celes- tial doughnut about 9GO million miles wide. The hole in the cen- ter spans about 282 million mile5, which is plenty wide enough for the orbits of Mars and Earth, Venus and Mer- cury. Within this spaceous doughnut, nobody knows how many separate asteroids zoom around the sun. They are chunks of solid minerals and Itey come in assorted sizes. The smallest ones have not been measured but a few big ones are known to be several hundred miles wide. Those in the asteroid belt are too small and too remote to be visible from the earth. But a few odd balls do not stay in- side their spacious playpen. Some of them have orbits that take them across the orbits of the planets. If this happens when the earth happens to be near the intersection al right time, an asteroid may be- come visible, though not very bright, in our skies. There is not much chance of a collision, al least not more than once in perhaps 15 million years. Until a few years ago, It was thought that there was only one asteroid belt in our Solar System. Now we know about another one. way out there al the outer edge of the Solar System. They teem along the orbit of Pluto and far out beyond it. Al present, nobody can say for certain why our planets share their territory with these sirarms of midgets. One theory suggests that they may be building block.1! for a couple of extra planets. An- other suggests that they might be fragments of old planets that broke apart. Questions isked by children of Herald readers should be mailed to Ask Andy, P.O. Boi 765. Huntington Bench, California 92615. (Copyright Publishing Co. GOREN ON BRIDGE BY CHARLES H. GOREN c mi ThB chlun Trfkvn WEEKLY BRIDGE QUIZ Q. both sides vul- nerable, your right hand op- ponent opens with one dia- mond and you hold: AAJI0532 07 What action do you tike? AFTfcE AH. -THAT BUGS BUNNY ;