Cosmic Debris From Comet to Appear as Meteor Shower Over Israel Thursday

The Jerusalem Post reports: The Perseid meteor shower –  a cascade of “falling” or “shooting stars” consisting of dust particles pulled to Earth by its gravity that disintegrate in the atmosphere – will occur on Thursday night through Friday morning.

It will be more visible in places without many city lights, such as Mitzpe Ramon in the Negev, but will be visible elsewhere as well, according to the Science, Technology and Space Ministry.

You can expect to see at least one with the naked eye every few minutes.

In Mitzpe Ramon, special events will take place in the Spice Route Quarter of the city with telescopes and guided explanations as the city lights are turned off to provide the best viewing experience. In Timna Park, a giant mobile planetarium and “guided sky tours” will take place during the meteor shower.

The events are being held under the auspices of the ministry and its Israel Space Agency and in cooperation with the Israel Astronomical Association. The ministry says that meteors were formed with the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago.

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