Four New York State parks on Long Island are staying open after the usual sundown closing time to allow the public to view the Lyrids Meteor Shower this weekend.

There will be no charge Sunday night into early Monday morning and the normal star gazing permit will not be required, but stargazers must remain near their vehicles, according to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Theparks that will remain open for viewing include Jones Beach State Park West End II, Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park Field 3, Montauk Point State Park Upper Parking Lot and Wildwood State Park Main Parking Lot.

Peak viewing times are 2-4:30 a.m. Monday and binoculars are not necessary to see the celestial show looking the northeast. It’s suggested that stargazers dress warmly and bring a chair that reclines.


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