The Quadrantids were first noted in 1825 and got their name from the constellation of Quadrans Muralis, which is no longer considered a constellation by astronomers, according to NASA.
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The Geminid meteor shower lit up the skies Thursday night, but if you missed it, you may have another shot to catch a glimpse.
These meteors originate near the Gemini Twins constellation and are known annually for their "slow, bright, graceful meteors and fireballs."
Some of these magnificent meteors, which NBC says are usually more impressive than the famous Perseid meteors, glow yellow and travel jagged or divided.
What makes this year's Geminid show more impressive than others, is the fact that the moon will be barely visible, increasing the chances of seeing the meteors in action.
The Gemini constellation can be seen rising in the sky just after dark in the east or northeast horizon, according to the article.
NASA provided a live video stream to view the showers. It's not confirmed if it will continue the stream Friday.
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