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01/04/2012 10:30 am ET Updated Jan 04, 2012

Quadrantids Meteor Shower Lights Up Night Sky (PHOTOS)

Did you see Tuesday night's meteor shower? If you live in the northern hemisphere and stayed up past three in the morning, you had the opportunity to see an impressive meteor shower -- the first of 2012.

Experts predicted that last night's Quadrantids meteor shower would average about 100 shooting stars per hour.

If you're not a night owl or didn't get the chance to see last night's shower, don't worry. Space.com reports that the next two major meteor showers of 2012 will take place on April 22 and 23.

2012 is nearly the 200th year that the Quadrantids have been observed. First recorded in 1825, they are named for an obsolete constellation known as Quadrans Muralis, according to Discovery News.

In December, stargazers were treated to a Geminid meteor shower. Unfortunately, a nearly-full moon washed out the view for some.

If you can't get enough meteor showers, click here for the best pictures from 2011.

Check out a few photos from Tuesday night, plus many more from past meteor showers, below. Scroll further down for some tweets from last night's meteor shower:

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NASA Tweets Meteor Shower

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