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4 LI state parks open for Perseid meteor shower

Astronomers observe the night sky for the Perseid

Astronomers observe the night sky for the Perseid meteor shower at an observatory near the village of Avren east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia last year. The annual meteor shower is promising to put on a dazzling sky show. (Aug. 12, 2009) Credit: AP

Astronomy aficionados can watch the Perseids meteor shower Sunday at four Long Island state parks that will stay open overnight into Monday.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said the parks will stay open for viewing from 11 p.m. Sunday until dawn Monday, the peak viewing times, the agency said in a news release.

There is no charge for viewing, and the agency urged those planning to attend the overnight celestial show to come prepared: dress appropriately, bring bug spray and a reclining chair.

The four parks that will remain open and their prime viewing areas are:

Jones Beach State Park, West End 2

Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park, Field 3

Montauk Point State Park, Upper Parking Lot

Robert Moses State Park, Field 2

More information on events at state parks is at the agency's Facebook page,

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