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

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The Royal Observatory Greenwich described the fiery activity as "compensation" for those who may miss the comet's next appearance.

"The Orionid meteor shower is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible to the globe," a spokeswoman for the Royal Observatory Greenwich said.

"Some people view the shower as extra special as the meteors are actually pieces of Comet 1P / Halley, famously known as Halley's comet.

"The famous comet swings by the earth only once every 75 to 76 years but this annual shower provides some compensation for those who may miss that once in a lifetime event."

The Orionid meteor is active in October but is expected to peak around 11:30 pm on October 21.

"You need a dark sky and a lot of patience in order to see the comets," Rob Jessel, from the Royal Astronomical Society, said. “I would advise people to warm up, head away from cities, lie down at the sky and don’t use telescope or binoculars. In fact, they are probably quite unhelpful to you.

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