Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012, 7:58 AM EST
Published : Friday, 14 Dec 2012, 7:58 AM EST
(CNN) - Stargazers who stayed up late and braved the cold Thursday night enjoyed quite a show.
The streaks of light in the video above are from the annual Geminid meteor shower, and an even more rare event - meteors carried along by the comet Wirtanen.
This is the first time the comet's debris field crossed the earth's orbit, and NASA says it may have produced some of the meteors seen last night.
Thursday night was the peak of the Geminid meteor shower, which happens every December and gets its name from the constellation Gemini.
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