I’m back from another world in time to tell you that the Orionid meteors come around again tonight:
Since they follow roughly the orbit of their parent Comet Halley, they come at us from the front; their radiant rises late in the evening, and they are likely to be most numerous after midnight, perhaps 20 an hour, though the number can be less and sometimes much more. The waning Moon, which will be at Last Quarter on Oct. 22, rises about midnight.
And that asteroids 1 Ceres and 18 Melpomene are at their oppositions on Oct. 21 and 23 respectively, about 5 degrees apart in Cetus, at magnitudes 7.4 and 8.0, well below the naked-eye limit.
Finder chart from the “Asteroids” section of Astronomical Calendar 2016.
Also that tomorrow, Saturday, the universe will be 6019 years old. That is, it was created, according to the once respected chronology of Archbishop Ussher, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 4004 BC, at nightfall. The “at nightfall” part of this intrigues me, and I intend to do some further study of it. But first, I will be sending very shortly a report from the other universe I’ve just visited.