A painting of the Leonid meteor storm of 1833 over the Niagra Falls by Edmund Weiß in 1888. (Image credit: Edmund Weiß (1888))

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Jonti Horner (opens in new tab), Professor (Astrophysics), University of Southern Queensland
Tanya Hill (opens in new tab), Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne and Senior Curator (Astronomy), Museums Victoria