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Halley's Comet

"At that time a star appeared in the north-west, its three-forked tail stretched far into the southern sky remaining visible for fifteen days; and it was portended, as many said, a change in some kingdom."

William of Jumièges, Gesta Normannorum Ducum

Halley's Comet first appeared in Normandy on April 26 and could be seen in England two days earlier, where it shone for seven successive nights.