Though you can see stars from anywhere, stargazing in the Negev desert in Israel is especially breathtaking. There is far less light pollution here, which means the night sky seems particularly astounding.

 

Mitzpe Ramon is a town in the Negev with the small population of about 5,000 people. It is situated on the edge overlooking the 500-meter-deep Ramon Crater.During the four weekends in August, Mitzpe Ramon hosts an unforgettable Summer of Stars Event.  On those Thursday and Friday nights, all street lights will be turned off to allow for even greater viewing of the stars. There are activities suitable for the whole family, and each weekend has a special theme.

 

The first weekend, August 3-5th , is known as “Love Among the Stars”, as it celebrates the Jewish Valentine’s Day of Tu B’Av. There will be moonlight tours, stories of love in nature, and bonfires with marshmallows for roasting. If you are looking for some romance this weekend, you can enjoy a special meal, jazz concerts, and lectures on love and the stars.  August 10-12th is the “Water and Sky” weekend featuring a solar telescope that allows viewers to visually study the sun safely during the day.  Water and pool activities will also take place, rounding out the “water and sky” theme. The third weekend marks the spectacular viewing of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower. The fourth weekend is dedicated to bidding farewell to the summer holidays and recharging for the new school year.

 

If you are planning on attending the event this summer, please reach out to us so that we can assist you with your transportation and accommodation needs. Not going to be around this August but still want to do some stargazing during your vacation to Israel? Mazada Tours has got you covered! Simply contact us, and we will arrange a private tour in Israel that will suit your every desire.

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