Stargazers look for Halley’s Comet

Halley's Comet, December 9, 1985. Picture by Prof. David Malin, Lancashire born Astronomer
Halley's Comet, December 9, 1985. Picture by Prof. David Malin, Lancashire born Astronomer
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Halley’s Comet is set to light up the skies this week.

The comet, which is usually seen once every 75 years, was not due to make an appearance again until 2061.

However, a trail of Halley’s cosmic dust is expected to be visible to the naked eye on Tuesday and Wednesday.

This dust is likely to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere – sparking a dramatic display which could produce 25 shooting stars every hour.

The display will be at its best around midnight in areas with low light pollution and little cloud. Stargazers will be keeping their fingers crossed for clear skies.

Halley’s Comet was discovered and named by Edmond Halley in 1705 but it has been documented as early back as 240BC.

Some have even suggested the comet is the star followed by the three wise men in the Bible.

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