Meteor Shower of 1833
Engraving of the 1833 Leonid meteor shower by Adolf Vollmy Swiss artist Karl Jauslin that was itself based on a first-person account from a minister traveling from Florida to New Orleans. Hundreds of thousands of meteors per hour were seen. This was the first recorded meteor storm of modern times. People viewing this meteor shower thought the world was ending. Victorian-era astronomer Agnes Clerke wrote at the time, “a tempest of falling stars broke over the earth.”
The Leonids Meteor Shower is expected to return this year November 3 through December 2 with the peak being November 12 - November 18.