Sunday, October 17, 2010

(SCI) Travel In Space: Viewing The Galaxy From Israel

"An increased amount of meteoroids will create a meteor shower called Leonids, which can be seen clearly from the Negev.

Boarding an Egged bus in Jerusalem seems to be the most unlikely place to start on a space tour, but we don’t let that stop us. It’s that time of year again, and our planet is about to pass through a theater in space that creates one of the most spectacular shows in the night sky. As we pass through the meteoroid stream of particles left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle, an increased amount of small particles called meteoroids will pass through our atmosphere and create a meteor shower that we call Leonids. Carol and I are here for one of our many desert hikes and on our way to the Negev, where these asteroids can be viewed without all the light pollution of the dense population areas.

'Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making plans,' according to John Lennon – and this was a classic case. We were in Jerusalem stocking up for our walk when I got a call from John Dann. He’s the caretaker stargazer for the only star observatory in the Middle East and an old friend."

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