Science: Two New Objects

Astronomers generally agreed last week that two tiny objects recently discerned close to Earth are planetoids, the gleaming flecks of solar matter which revolve around the Sun mostly between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. One of the objects was discovered in March by Astronomer E. Delporte of Belgium's Royal Observatory,* the other in April by Dr. Karl Reinmuth of Heidelberg. They might have been planetoids, tailless comets, or, wonderfully, new moons of the Earth.

Cause for speculation and calculation arose from the celestially minute sizes of the Delporte and Reinmuth Objects (about three miles diameter) and from their unexpected locations. The...

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