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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 30 Tht lethbridoe HeraM Wednesday. November A comet with a long tail Comet Mrkos This example of a multi-tailed comet is Comet Mrkos photographed in 1957. Don't miss Comet Kohoutek it isn't coming back for years. When it gets it will be as bright as the and its tail could stretch for 25 million miles. Amateur astronomers have already caught sight of it in their backyard telescopes. Comet Kohoutek 19730 is the sixth comet to be discovered this year. Usually comets are too small to be seen without the aid of a telescope. As a only professional and serious amateur astronomers are aware of their passage. But Kohoutek will be so bright after sunset Dec. you will be able to see it with the naked eye. The best time for watching will be between Jan. 10 and 20. A comet is traditionally named for its discoverer. This one was located on March 7 by Dr. Lubos Kohoutek at Hamburg Observatory. Kohoutek located 1973e eight days At the time of its discovery it appeared as a pinpoint of light traveling toward the sun at miles an hour. Nine and a half months' advance notice has given the scien- tific community time to thoroughly prepare itself for a close look at Kohoutek. Comets are of particular interest to astrophysicists because they may be the original and unchanged building material of the universe. Dr Fred Whipple of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Obser- vatory thinks that comets are composed of frozen am- and along with particles of and metals. An unusual feature of Kohoutek is the early identifica- tion of hydrogen and oxygen. These elements are not usually observed until a comet is closer to the sun. Astronomers throughout the world have been planning careful observation of the comet. It's also possible that the third Skylab crew will be able to study the comet through the lab's solar telescope. Being above the earth's atmosphere will allow the astronauts to observe the comet without the which limits earthbound studies. Unmanned including the or- biting solar the orbiting astronomical By STEPHEN GRASS Christian Science Monitor and perhaps the new Mariner-Venus-Mercury craft launched Nov. will also be used in observing Kohoutek. Although comets are small rarely larger than 15 miles in diameter the vaporization of their outer layers by the sun's radiation can create a tail stretching from 50 million to 100 million miles through space Spectacular tails come in two and light yellow or narrow and blue. The type of tail already spotted on Kohoutek Is a yellow which means that it is formed from dust particles reflecting the sunlight. These motes of dust come loose from the comet's head and are blown backwards by the solar wind. The narrow blue tails are caused when the comet leaves a trail of carbon monoxide. This gas is ionized by the particles streaming outward from the and gives off a characteristic blue light. Kohoutek may have this kind of tail also. It in have half a dozen different Comets aren't just passing they are actually members of the solar following their own predictable but eccentric paths. They are classified as either long-period or short-period depending on the length of their orbits. Halley's last here in 1910 and scheduled to return in is an example of a short-period it streaks between the sun and Pluto. Far-ranging Kohoutek is a long-period comet. Astronomers think it may never have come close to the sun before. Experts speculate that comets originate somewhere beyond the orbit of Pluto in Oort's named after Jan Oort. The Dutch astrophysicist theorized that there exists a ring of comet- like snowballs in the outer reaches of the solar system. On rare occasions one is nudged out of place and begins falling toward the sun. the flaming sphere from beyond will pass within 75 million miles of the earth on its journey to the sun. There is even a possibility that after Dec. you will be able to see it in the daytime. Prices effective thru OK. 1st closing. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Monarch Sponge Pudding Assorted 9 OL package Frying Chicken Maple Leaf Canada Grade Ib. 65' PORK All L-Mart Pork it cut from 'Gov't.' Inspected Choice Young Grain Fed Porkers and is Guaranteed to satisfy. Canada Grade Beef Prime Rib Roast Trimmed for Easy Ib. J.39 Clarks Fancy Soups 10fl.oz.tin 355' Jolly Miller Orange Crystals 4-3 OL each 69' Pork Butt Roast Rib or Tenderloin End Cuts mu or lonaonom tno uuis Loin Roast 99 99' 99' Shoulder Pork Steak Side Pork Pork Hocks J.39 Centre Cut. Rib or Double Loin Pork Chops Side. Small and Meaty A A A Spareribs Jolly Miller Tangerine Crystals 3-3 OL each 59' Swifts Premium Wieners Reg. or IB.Q. b. 83' Fresh Frozen B.C. SALMON 3to5lb. 1 10 Swifts Premium Bologna By the Piece Ib. Nabob Instant Coffee 10 OL each .49 1 Nabob Orange or 3 Fruit Marmalade 48 OL each w Carnation Frozen Hash Brown 2 Ib. package ;