The Perseids Meteor Shower will occur on the night of August 12 (with the densest time being the early hours of August 13). The Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the worlds most impressive astrological events and every year many people head to Israel’s Negev Desert for a clear view of this unique sight in anarea free of light pollution.
It occurs when the earth crosses the path of the Swift–Tuttle comet, and ice and dust traveling at around 130,000 miles per hour and burn up upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, leaving impressive trails and sights in the night sky. Many events will take place throughout the Negev on this evening.
Israel has signed a deal to build a multi-megawatt, thermo-solar power plant in the country’s southern Negev desert as part of a national goal to increase the use of renewable energy sources.
The NIS 4 billion ($1.05 billion) deal for the 121-megawatt plant was announced by the Finance Ministry. A consortium of Israel's Shikun & Binui and Spain's Abengoa are to build the plant at Ashalim in the Negev, close to an existing solar plant. They hope to complete the project by 2018.
Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls.
US and Israeli researchers made the discovery using advanced medical and digital technology to examine the object, first unearthed 45 years ago when then-standard forensics could not decipher any script on the scroll.
The scroll presented was uncovered in 1970 at Ein Gedi, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.
As Israel's Dead Sea region prepares for an influx of tourists this summer, a new road has opened to bypass sinkholes in the Ein Gedi area.
The two kilometer road, which runs parallel to Route 90 from the Ein Gedi youth hostel to the kibbutz's agricultural fields, is the result of a NIS 24 million, two-year project conducted by Netivei Israel-National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd. The bypass road is open in both directions, with travel limited to 50 kilometers per hour.
Explore Eilat, Where the Angels Jettisoned Their Paint
The beach and the mountains aren’t the only free attractions at Israel’s Red Sea tourist hot spot. Check out five cool off-the-beaten-track areas near Eilat: Paran Overlook, Holland Park, Evrona, Doum Palms, and Mount Yoash Overlook.
The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is on rare display in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum in an exhibit of objects from pivotal moments in civilization.
The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll belongs to a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea. The brittle manuscript has never before been displayed in Israel, and was shown abroad only in brief exhibits.
"A Brief History of Humankind" – which runs until 2 January 2016 – marks the museum's 50th anniversary.
The heads of over a hundred Canadian and American cities pledged support for the internationally-led efforts to rehabilitate the dangerously polluted Jordan River.
The EcoPeace Middle East group, an organization active in environmental peacemaking in the region, is behind the initiative which will see 144 municipalities, including such metropolises as Chicago and Montreal, raise funds for the restoration, and share professional expertise.
The river – which runs 217 kilometers (135 miles) from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea – and its tributaries are shared by Israel, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank.