A "falling star" or a "shooting star" has nothing at all to do with a star! These amazing streaks of light you can sometimes see in the night sky are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Earth's atmosphere and burning up.
When to look to the sky to see them?
In the summer of 2023, the peak of the phenomenon can be seen between Aug. 10 and 14, the time when Earth's orbit overlaps the most with the debris trail.
The "peak" in 2023 is between 10 p.m. on Aug. 12 and 4 a.m. on Aug. 13.
In the Dolomites of Arabba, a good places to catch the falling stars are:
- Arabba village
- Campolongo Pass
- Pordoi Pass
- Valparola Pass
- Falzarego Pass
- Andraz Castle
- Pieve di Livinallongo village
For trekking & photography lovers, why not reach a panoramic point at a high altitude to enjoy the show even closer to the celestial vault, you can reach Col di Lana. While for those who want to take a simple walk, we recommend the ascent to Bec de Roces from Campolongo Pass or the parking area of the road's Falzarego Pass, reach the Andraz Castle, ideal for giving an extra touch of romance.
Of course, don't forget to bring a torch to return to the starting point.