By Ori Lewis
MITZPE RAMON, Israel (Reuters) – Thousands of star-gazers gathered in a single day at one of many darkest spots in Israel hoping to be dazzled by the annual Perseid meteor shower, solely to be left considerably disillusioned by the present.
Locals had the uncommon job of directing site visitors on a moonless Monday night time in Mitzpe Ramon in the guts of the Negev Desert, a spot surrounded by terrain described as much like a lunar or Martian panorama.
The Feinberg household from the Tel Aviv area drove for two-and-a-half hours for the show however the variety of meteors, about one or fewer per minute, failed to really mild up the Ramon Crater’s darkish night time sky as in earlier years.
“We are here waiting for the stars to fall, the children are very impatient,” stated Eliran Feinberg, 42, who works for an air cargo firm.
The Perseid meteors, which attain their peak each August, are produced by particles from the 109P/Swift-Tuttle comet that passes by the Earth each 133 years. It final handed in 1992.
Professor Rennan Barkana, head of the astrophysics division at Tel Aviv University, stated this 12 months’s shower was not as intense as a result of the Earth had handed by a sparser a part of the comet’s particles than beforehand and a smaller quantity of particles had entered the environment.
(Additional reporting by Daria Sito-Sucic in Sarajevo, Writing by Ori Lewis. Editing by Patrick Johnston)