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Geminid meteor shower lights up LA skies

The famous Geminid meteor shower put on a spectacular show as it reached its peak Thursday, Dec.13, 2012, before dawn. (NASA)

December 14, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
If you stayed up late Thursday night looking at the stars, you may have caught quite a celestial show.

The famous Geminid meteor shower reached its peak overnight and put on a spectacular show made for beautiful pictures.

Combined with an even rarer event, meteors carried along by the Comet Wirtanen.

According to NASA, this is the first time the comet's debris field has crossed paths with the Earth's orbit since it was discovered in 1948.

NASA says the comet may have added some sparks to Thursday's meteors.

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