Notes from the universe: The Earth is now passing through a stream of debris from Halley's Comet, and this is causing
the annual Orionid meteor shower. Bright moonlight is reducing the number of visible meteors; but nevertheless,
sky watchers are reporting some bright Orionids.
Best viewing time: look is during the hours before local dawn Thursday, Oct. 21, and again on Friday, Oct. 22, towards the Southeast near the constellation Orion.
Brought to you by our resident Astronomer Ronald Olowin, Ph.D. a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He oversees an intermediate-range telescope in a hilltop observatory at Saint Mary's College. Affectionately referred to as "Dr. O" by students, Olowin can address topics such as astronomy, technology, America's space program, science and religion and the need for more U.S. students to enroll in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses in high school and college. He can be reached at (925) 631-4428 or at firstname.lastname@example.org