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Skygazers to get 'extra special' glimpse of Halley's comet tail end

•, Izzy Lyons

Tomorrow night's sky will feature up to 20 meteors every hour that are remnants from Halley's comet deposited in the solar system decades ago.

The activity is part of the annual Orionid meteor shower and will be seen all over the Earth, with most people in the UK getting the chance to view the phenomenon thanks to dry weather and clear skies.

Halley's comet is the only known short-period comet that is visible to the naked eye and seeing it is described as a "once in a lifetime" event because it only passes the Earth every 75 to 76 years.

Named after the British astronomer Edmond Halley who first predicted its arrival in 1758, the comet is featured on the Bayeux Tapestry after it is said to have appeared shortly before the 1066 invasion of England by William the Conqueror, who believed that the comet heralded his success.