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See an amazing display from Halley’s Comet

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Look up at the skies tonight and you might manage to see a trail of comet dust from the most famous comet in the universe. Well, from Earth’s perspective anyway.

Even though Halley’s comet only appears to us every 75 years, we do get an annual sighting of it each spring when the Earth travels through the debris left in its wake.

The display is called the Eta Aquarid meteor shower and those in the southern hemisphere will be treated to up to 60 meteors per hour, while northern hemisphere sky-gazers can see up to 30 per hour.

The best time to see them will be between midnight and dawn. Alternatively, NASA will be offering a live stream of the display as it appears over Huntsville, Alabama.

The display will occur over 5-6 May.space, Halley's comet, NASA, eta aquarid, how it works, meteor, shower, display