The Earth will be treated to a visual show this weekend courtesy of the annual Lyrid meteor shower as we pass through the debris from Comet Thatcher.
The meteors are expected to be visible with the naked eye on Saturday and Sunday nights, and between five and 20 per hour are expected, although rates of over a 100 per hour have occurred in the past.
"Unfortunately there is going to be a nearly full moon this year on 22 April, " said Dr Frank Six, an astronomer at the Nasa Marshall Space Flight Center.
"That will make it hard to see faint meteors. Still, it might be worth staying up if you are an enthusiastic stargazer."
The best view should come after midnight when the Moon's effects are lessened.
There is no danger to Earth since most of the meteors are little bigger than grains of sand. However, as they hit the atmosphere at 109,000mph they glow brightly.
The shower was first recorded over 2,600 years ago and is one of the most spectacular shows of its kind. The Chinese, which first recorded them, described the event as "stars that fell like rain".
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