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 on Tuesday and Wednesday this week – wowing stargazers across the county.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “There will be a lot of cloud around but you might catch some clear spells. However, it will be very hit and miss.”
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