Lyrid meteor shower near peak

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- April's annual meteor shower, the Lyrids, is nearing its peak this week.

Each year, the show starts around April 16 and lasts until April 25, according to EarthSky. This year, the peak will take place just before dawn on April 22.

During a standard peak, 10-20 meteors can be seen per hour. However, as many as 100 per hour have been noted from time to time. A challenge to seeing many shooting stars this year is the fact that a full moon will be present in the sky at the same time. Experts say the extra light will make it harder to see the meteors.

The show will be visible across all parts of the sky, but scientists say spotting chances may be a bit higher looking northeast.

For more on the Lyrid meteor shower, visit EarthSky.org.

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