Leonid Meteor Shower Tonight

Leonids 1833Tonight's event is predicted to be "strong" with a couple dozen meteors per hour visible in the United States, several hundred per hour in Asia.  This pales in comparison to some historic Leonid displays -
The meteor storm of 1833 was of truly superlative strength. One estimate is over one hundred thousand meteors an hour, but another, done as the storm abated, estimated in excess of two hundred thousand meteors an hour over the entire region of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

One favorable factor tonight is that the moon is in its new phase, allowing better detection of the fainter meteors.  The best viewing will occur between 1 a.m. and daybreak.

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Alicia, the link for "image credit" in the post offers the following: "The most famous depiction of the 1833 actually produced in 1889 for the Adventist book Bible Readings for the Home Circle - the engraving is by Adolf Vollmy based upon an original painting by the Swiss artist Karl Jauslin, that is in turn based on a first-person account of the 1833 storm by a minister, Joseph Harvey Waggoner on his way from Florida to New Orleans."

So presumably the scene is somewhere along the Gulf Coast.
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Spent over an hour staring into the sky between 4am and 5am ET and only saw four that were definite, might have seen many more very faint ones but that could have been my eyes messing with me. A bit disappointing but still very exciting when a good bright one came by. I sincerely wish I can experience an event like they did in 1833 at some point in my life. I'm sure it was breathtaking.
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