The Leonid Meteor Shower has produced the world's wildest meteor showers. That includes a meteor shower in 1833 so intense viewers thought the sky was on fire. It produced more than 100,000 meteors per minute, and people thought the rapture had arrived.
This year, you probably aren't going to go outside and think the end is nigh. It's going to be a relatively standard showing, but that's still something to get excited about when it peaks November 17. The showers are active from early November through early December, but it'll be at its most vibrant the night of November 17 into the morning of November 18.
One of the unique features of the Leonids is the speed of the meteors. "They're the fastest of all meteor showers," Bill Cooke, who leads NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, tells Thrillist. "Leonids move at about 45 miles per second. Blink and you'll miss them." This year, the Leonids will produce between 10 and 20 meteors of medium brightness every hour. Fortunately, the moon won't be bright and obstructing your view of the meteors that are coming down.