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Meteor shower can be viewed early Tuesday

Published November 16. 2009 05:00PM

Early risers could be in for a celestial treat early Tuesday morning.

The Leonid meteor shower peaks.

The National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J. is calling for partly cloudy skies, meaning there is a good likelihood of spotting the shooting stars.

The presence of a new moon provides ideally-dark viewing conditions.

According to, forecasters expect a relatively mild display (20 to 30 meteors per hour).

No matter where you live, the best time to look is during the dark hours before sunrise on Tuesday morning.

The Leonids are famous because their meteor showers have been, in a few cases, among the most spectacular.

The meteor storm of 1833 was of truly superlative strength. One estimate is over one hundred thousand meteors an hour, but another, done as the storm abated, estimated in excess of two hundred thousand meteors an hour over the entire region of North America east of the Rocky Mountains.

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