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Calling all Stargazers

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People from all over the world will soon be able to admire the beautiful Perseid meteor shower again and make a wish for every shooting star they see. This meteor shower is annual and extremely regular in its timing. Depending on the weather and your location, it can be visible for weeks in the late summer sky. The meteor shower activity usually peaks around August 12th, when over 60 meteors per hour will streak across the Northeast sky. This year, the night of August 13th is predicted to be the most intense night.

Unfortunately, the shower will coincide with the full moon this year, which might hide the fainter falling stars with its glare. If you find a good location for stargazing and look towards the northeast after midnight, you can still expect a great show. The best place to observe a meteor shower is somewhere dark, away from city lights and with the moon out of the field of vision.

The Italians traditionally celebrate the season of the shooting stars on August 10th, the night of San Lorenzo. According to the Christian legend, the shooting stars that are so easy to see on and around August 10th are the sparkles of the giant bonfire on which Saint Lawrence was killed. The outdoor celebrations will be taking place all over Italy.

Those who have booked flights to Larnaca for this week can watch the stars in style as well, as the Fakas Institute has organised viewing events. For example, you can catch the stars at the Prophetis Elias church in Odous village this Wednesday. If you are near Kyperounta in Troodos, the place to be is the hospital’s gardens. Call the hospital at +357 25806700 if you want to book a place. For any other viewing events in Larnaca, call the Fakas Institute at +357 22432219 or +357 25532757.

Shooting stars will certainly make your holiday snapshots more interesting. Before you start shooting,here are a few simple tips for night photography. You’re going to need a long exposure time,so put your camera on a tripod or a stable surface. Even pressing the button to take the photo can blur your image. To make sure this doesn’t happen, you can use your camera’s self-timer. If you don’t want to end up with nothing but a bunch of light streaks on a black background, put something in the foreground. If you focus on a person, you can combine the flash with a long shutter time to bring out the face and the falling stars in the background at the same time.

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