What is the biggest meteor shower that has ever been seen?

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    Although it is hard to pinpoint, many believe that the largest modern meteor shower was the Leonid meteor shower on November 13, 1833.  The shower was visibile over the Eastern coast of the United States and lasted somewhere between 4 and 9 hours with thousands of stars visible every minute.  19th century astronomical writer Agnes Clerk documented an estimated 240,000 visible meteors that night.  Somehow, newspapers from that time seem to show that the meteor shower went widely unnoticed.  This was most likely due to the public lack of knowledge of meteors and meteor showers.

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