The meteor shower Lyrid is back. Here's how to see the shooting stars of April.

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By Polina Porotsky

April brings back the annual Lyrid meteor shower. Skywatchers may be able to see shooting stars, but experts say the full moon threatens to fly over this year's show.

"The light of the full moon will almost completely erase the Lyrids this year," said Bill Cooke, a meteorite expert at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in an email.

The Lyrids – so named because they seem to be flowing from the Lyra constellation – begin on the evening of April 16th and continue until April 28th. see about 20 meteors per hour.

In previous years, observers reported seeing up to 100 meteors per hour.

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