The Leonid Meteor Shower 2009

A few months ago, I was invited to the Leonid Meteor Shower 2009 event on Facebook ( which now boasts almost one million attendees worldwide. Yesterday, the campus was buzzing with talk of this celestial phenomenon, and although the shower wasn’t even supposed to start until the middle of the night, I knew that I had to see this. In my childhood, every time there was a crazy comet or something, I always fell asleep too early. I was determined this time.

So, I got together about 10 of my buddies and, after about an hour of deliberation, decided to go to Lake Matoaka Amphitheater to watch the meteor shower. A short walk from old campus, the amphitheater is one of the highlights of William & Mary. It’s situated in the middle of the woods next to what I believe is the first man made lake in America. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Williamsburg was the first of so many things that it hardly seems far fetched. Anyway, this place was awesome for watching the stars.

Since it was 2 in the morning, we all thought we’d be by ourselves. Oh no. We guessed there were about 100 other people with the same idea as us- freshman halls were out in full force to watch the spectacle. As the first huge meteor blazed across the night sky, a group of kids started belting out the William & Mary alma mater, our signature theme song used for the celebration of anything and everything here. Everyone just seemed absolutely blissful, but I mean, why not? We were at William & Mary, we were with our friends, and we were viewing something truly magnificent. What could be better?

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