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Debris from Halley’s Comet is forecast to light up the night sky

PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:30 20 October 2015

A shooting star in the skies over Kielder Water, Northumberland. Photo: Tom White/PA Wire

A shooting star in the skies over Kielder Water, Northumberland. Photo: Tom White/PA Wire

Debris from history’s most famous comet can be seen lighting up the sky in a shower of meteors over the next few nights.

The Orionids consist of a stream of dusty particles left behind by Halley’s Comet - the same comet featured on the Bayeux Tapestry after appearing shortly before William the Conquerer’s invasion of England in 1066.

A regular visitor visible every 75 years, the comet put on its last spectacular show in 1986 as it travelled through the inner part of the solar system.

From Tuesday night to Friday the Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak, producing an expected maximum of around 20 shooting stars per hour.

The temperature in East Anglia tonight is forecast to be around 8C with good visibility.

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