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Shooting stars visible Friday night

Halley's Comet last crossed the Milky Way in 1986. Credit: NASA Halley's Comet last crossed the Milky Way in 1986. Credit: NASA
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friday night through May 21, given a clear sky forecast, you'll have the chance to watch shooting stars in Mississippi! The meteor shower will peak Friday and Saturday night but will still be visible through the latter part of the month. Halley's Comet is to blame! Known as the most famous comet in our Solar System, Earth is circulating around its tail which means we're in for a nice treat! Call it a free date night courtesy Mother Nature!

You'll want to find a place away from city lights in order to have the best chance of seeing the shooting stars. You'll also want to find this spot about two hours before twilight. Keep in mind it takes about 20 minutes for our eyes to adjust to the changing light. Experts say you should be able to see about 10-20 meteors per hour!

The last time Haley's Comet made an appearance was in 1986. 

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