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Byline: Sandra Ramdhanie



It's raining space rocks

IF YOU notice an unexplained rock embedded in your garden you may just have found a meteorite.

During the past few weeks we were treated to the sight of a Perseid Meteor Shower which officially peaked at 7am on August 12.

Meteorites can range in size from dust-sized particles to huge lumps of rock although most are between five and 60 centimetres in diameter.

They enter the Earth's atmosphere at about 37 miles a second and while many burn up in the air more about 30 are believed to fall on the UK and Ireland each year.

Meteor showers occur when the Earth's orbit takes it through trails of dust and debris shed by comets on their repeated trips through the solar system.

When a meteorite enters the earth's stratosphere friction wit the air starts to melt the outside of the rock and bits start to fall off and burn. This creates the trails commonly known as shooting stars.

History was made last week when a

79-year-old grandmother in England became the first person on record to be struck by a meteorite. She was hanging out her washing when it hit her on the head then cut her arm.

In Miltown Malbay, Co Clare, a retired haulier was woken by the sound of something crashing into his roof. He discovered a tiny space rock nearby.

The UK's Open University is joining with BBC2's Stardate series to encourage people to become meteorite hunters and has a website to help people determine if any objects they find are from outer space.

The project is part of an Open University and BBC Two series, Stardate, which will encourage people to look for some of the many thousand meteorites waiting to be found.

Richard Greenwood, the Open University's meteorite curator, said: "These are rocks from space and are the oldest objects you can handle. They tell us about the formation of the solar system and the stars that lived and died before the Earth was formed."


Last hurrah for Maddie

Name: Madonna (aka Esther)

Profession: Entertainer

Date of birth: August 16 1958

Star sign: Leo

BORN with her Sun, Venus and Uranus in the flamboyant sign of Leo, it is no surprise that the "Material girl" is obsessed with fame, power and wealth.

The position of Uranus in her birthchart adds a capricious, eccentric side to her personality, and explains her ruthless use of blatant sexuality to achieve Superstar status.

Her Ascendant is Virgo, and a Stellium is formed by the Moon, which rules the emotions; Mercury, planet of communication, and secretive Pluto all in the sign of Virgo.

This powerful Earth influence makes the fiery temptress an astute businesswoman with a super-confident approach to everything she does.

Passionate Mars is in Earthy Taurus in the Ninth House, the House of Philosophy, indicating that her life revolves around sex, passion and sensuality.

She has an obsessive, compulsive streak which will damage her career and relationship as she strives to remain in the public eye.

She recently celebrated her 46th birthday, bringing a cycle of completion to an end (4+6=10, which is 1, the primary number symbolizing new beginnings).


l Her long-lived music career will fizzle out due to a decline in her popularity

l She will sever links with the Berg Kabbalah cult

l She will consider buying property in Ireland

l A marriage crisis due to speculation about a special friendship.

Snort bad at all

Dear Sandra,

I SUFFER with hay fever and sinus trouble and its really bad at the moment.

I've tried everything but nothing seems to help.

I've read about nasal irrigation, but what is it? Is it uncomfortable or painful?

I'd like to try it, do you think it would help?

Dennis, Co.Laois

Dear Dennis,

Nasal irrigation is cleaning out your nose with a fluid.

When you have a head cold, or your nose is running with allergies, it helps flush your sinuses and nasal passages clean. Indian Yogis, advanced practitioners of yoga, taught how to cure colds and sinus problems by snorting salt water rhythmically.

Irrigating the nostrils with warm, salty water measurably improves the body's ability to fight infection and get well.

While it obviously helps wash irritants from the nostrils, it isn't just temporary relief.

Using a pulsating motion, or rhythm, can lead to improvement in the action of the nasal cilia, the body's principle disease-fighting mechanism in the sinuses.

This was a big breakthrough for nasal irrigation. It is called "pulsatile" nasal irrigation and is now used by thousands of doctors and patients around the world.


IMPACT: Meteor crater in Arizona is 47,000 years old and nearly a mile across
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 29, 2004
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