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Moonless night should make for good Leonids meteor shower viewing

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 12:47:10-05

ROCKPORT STATE PARK, Utah — Early Tuesday morning should be a good time to view the Leonids meteor shower.

Getting away from the city and light pollution will make the viewing much better.

Rockport State Park is inviting people to take advantage of the dark skies and view the “shooting stars” that be visible from about 1 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17 until sunrise.

In a Facebook post, the park says to dress warmly, bring a chair, and let them know if you spot any meteors.

The post includes a map that highlights where to look in the eastern sky.

It explains that this is one of the weaker showers -- only producing about 15 meteors per hour -- but since there is no moon, chances of catching a good show are better.

The origin of the shower, called the "radiant," is in the constellation Leo the Lion. Leo is fairly easy to spot, tucked between the Big Dipper and the constellation Cancer.