Muscat: Many would wish upon a shooting star for a better love life, wealth or health, but Zalam’s only wish is to capture them crossing the heavens.
On a dreamy, moonless night, Sharukh Zalam travelled from his house in Darsait to Jabel Shams, the highest peak in the country.
Last Friday, the 25-year-old astrophotographer captured Oman’s starry sky at its most beautiful.
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With three of his friends, the Indian national arrived at the mountain at midnight and started his photography session.
“I was lucky enough to snap a shooting star,” he said, adding that it is not possible to capture such images in the city, where light pollution covers the bright stars.
After three hours of taking pictures, Zalam had his breakfast on the breezy heights, drove back to Muscat, and shared his photographs with us.
He said he will go to see the cosmic display of the “Perseids Shower” lighting up the summer sky of Oman this weekend.
The shower, which began in mid-July, will continue until late August with the best chance to see the shower on August 12 at around 11pm and on August 13 at 4.30am.
According to the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), this year’s shower is extra special because of its “Outburst effect,” when it may exceed more than 200 flares in ideal conditions.