Hundreds of shooting stars will cross the sky in the early hours of tomorrow during the Lyrid meteor shower.

With no moon, it is estimated that around 10 to 15 meteors will be flying across the skies at the show's peak just before dawn on Saturday.

However, the forecast currently looks cloudy for the early hours of Saturday morning. 

Experts have said stargazers should also be able to see the lunar crescent and the planet Venus shining together in the eastern pre-dawn and dawn sky.

The Lyrids are known for uncommon surges that can sometimes bring the rate up to 100 per hour.

The annual Lyrid meteor shower takes place between April 16 and April 25.

The spectacle occurs when the Earth passes through the dust left over from the comet C/186 G1 Thatcher, which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years.

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