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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – You can see quite a show in the sky Thursday night, the Perseid meteor shower.

For the next two nights, you should be able to see 50 to 60 meteors per hour from a little after ten PM until sunrise.

Experts at Albany's Wetherbee Planetarium say the peak time should be just before daybreak.

"It's something that happens every year, but this year it's expected to be particularly good because the moon is going to be in its crescent faze. It's not going to be very bright at all, so the light from the moon is not going to interfere and people can really catch a good show from it," said Allison Anthony, Planetarium Program Coordinator.

To see the meteors, just look toward the constellation Perseus in the northeast sky.

The Perseid shower is caused by dust from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

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