The Leonid Meteor Shower in 2009
According to many analysts the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower’s prime viewing time in the United States was around 1:00 p.m. PST early this morning.
This year I decided to go out late night into the wee hours of the morning to try to get a glimpse of some shooting stars from the Leonid Meteor Shower. Luckily it was a clear day in San Luis Obispo as well as in Avila Beach where I did my star gazing with a good friend of mine. It was very cold and chilly outside, but the view of the sky and the sound of the ocean was amazing. The great thing about Avila is that there isn’t much light in the area to interfere with the visibility of the stars.
Lying on the beach, drinking an amp energy drink, and snacking on Doritos and gummy candies…It was peaceful, beautiful, and exciting. Every time a ‘shooting star’ zipped through the sky you could hear the other people out on the beach talk with enthusiasm and yell with excitement. The supposedly peak viewing time wasn’t so “peak” after all. We saw the most shooting stars probably around the hours of 2-3 a.m. There were all kinds of shooting stars–dim small ones and bright large ones. I even think I saw the largest shooting star I’ve seen in my whole 23 years on this planet. Trust me, it was huge. Unfortunately, fog began to form and roll in around 2-3 a.m., but cleared out rather quickly. Before we left the beach around 4 a.m. the sky was spectacular. You could virtually see every star in the sky. Even though I’ve been tired all day and fell asleep in class (not like I don’t do that on a regular days) it was well worth it. I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything. You can count me in to star gaze for the next meteor shower–whenever that will be.
I had a great time. I was able to enjoy and witness something fantascular (made up word) and also relax at the same time while doing some personal reflection and thought. I loved being out there. I wasn’t worrying about anything. Anything from the past or anything about the future–it felt like I was at peace.