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Picture of the day: The annual Geminid meteor shower over Cairo's sky

The dome housing Katamiya telescope during the annual Geminid meteor shower at the Katamiya center for astronomy and space sciences on the Cairo-Ain Sokhna road, Egypt (Photo: ‎Fouad El-Batrawi Photography)

Sky-watchers around the world and especially in Egypt gathered to capture photos of the annual Geminids meteor shower, that lasts for two weeks from Dec. 4-17 and peaks this week.

The shower occurs when the debris tail of an extinct comet called '3200 Phaethon' passes through the Earth's sphere.

"Geminids are pieces of debris from an object called 3200 Phaethon. It was long thought to be an asteroid, but is now classified according to NASA as an extinct comet," according to NASA.

"The meteor shower is named after the Gemini constellation because the meteors radiate from it," according to NASA. 

The Katamiya centre for astronomy and space sciences houses the largest telescope in the Middle East region and Africa.

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