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 tonight (Tuesday October 21) and tomorrow – wowing stargazers across the county.
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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.
Following the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo moving across the county today, the night sky is set to be clear.
Halley’s Comet was discovered and named by Edmond Halley in 1705 but it has long 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.