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Perseid meteor shower in Israel

Are you currently in Israel? It's your time to travel to the desert and see something extraordinary.

Watch the Perseid meteor shower in Israel with guided desert star tours. The Perseids, one of the year's top meteor showers, are expected to peak this week, with the city of Yeruham hosting a remarkable event for star enthusiasts.

Producing around 50 to 100 meteors per hour at its zenith, the Perseids originate from debris of Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle last seen in Earth's orbit in 1992. The peak is scheduled for the night of August 12-13, and this year's waning crescent moon promises optimal viewing conditions.

A stargazing event is planned at Yeruham Lake Park, offering a multitude of telescopes and knowledgeable guides to observe lunar craters, Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, and double stars. The event will also feature lantern tours, scorpion tours, light traps, face painting, a solar system model, and a Mars mission workshop, with an entry fee of NIS 30.

For optimal viewing, evening and post-midnight hours are recommended, especially away from light pollution. Earthgrazers, slow colorful meteors, are best observed near the horizon, while the peak time for the meteor shower is around 3-4 a.m. Placing an object between yourself and the moon can reduce its impact, and lying on your back offers a wider view of the sky to capture more meteors.

The Perseids radiate from the Perseus constellation, though they can appear anywhere in the night sky. The Negev, particularly around Mitzpe Ramon and Yeruham, offers minimal light pollution, making it a popular spot for meteor watching. Given the cold desert nights, attendees are advised to bring blankets and warm at attire. 

The information has been taken from: https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-754041