Meteor shower attracts thousands to Israel’s desert dark spots

Thousands of star-gazers held a vigil in the early hours of Monday at one of the darkest spots in Israel, hoping to catch sight of a “shooting star” during the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Locals had the rare task of directing traffic on the moonless night in Mitzpe Ramon in the heart of the Negev Desert, a spot surrounded by terrain described as similar to a lunar or Martian landscape.

A meteor is a streak of light created by dust particles that burn up high in the atmosphere, and the Perseid meteors are produced by debris from the 109P/Swift-Tuttle comet that passes by the Earth every 133 years.

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