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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