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A "shooting star" streaks the sky over ruins in Damghan—an ancient Iranian city 224 miles (360 kilometers) northeast of Tehran—early Tuesday during the peak of the 2011 Quadrantid meteor shower. This year the Quadrantids peak featured rates of more than a hundred meteors an hour.
A Quadrantid meteor seems to zip near the horizon over Alberta, Canada, in the early hours of January 2—a day before the peak of the annual meteor shower.
The green curtain of an aurora creates a veil over a Quadrantid meteor as seen from northeastern Norway on January 3.