Halley’s Comet expected to light up the night sky across Wakefield

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Halley’s Comet is expected to light up the night sky across the Wakefield district tonight.

The comet, which is usually seen once every 75 years, was not due to make an apperance 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 week – 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 and little cloud.

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