Meteor shower to be visible from Egypt Monday night

“Egypt will witness a meteor shower on Monday night,” said Salah Mohamed Mahmoud, head of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics. “It will be clearly visible in places without bright city lights.”

Mahmoud also said there will be six more such meteor showers in April, May, August, October, November and December 2011.

“It is a recurrent cosmic phenomenon, whereby meteors penetrate the earth's atmosphere,” he explained, adding that single meteors fall on the earth everyday, but this time they will fall in groups.

“These are tiny particles the size of one centimeter that travel at a very high speed,” he said. “They light up when they enter the earth’s atmosphere.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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