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Greek Astronomers Capture Streaking Asteroid

A giant asteroid whizzed past Earth at a speed of nearly 50,000 miles per hour on Wednesday -- and it was observed firsthand by Greek astronomers. Asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) was observed by the Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space...

2021 Fires in Greece Burned Almost Double the Area of NYC

The catastrophic 2021 fires in Greece burned an area almost twice the size of New York City, according to a report by the Meteo services of the National Observatory of Athens, released on Tuesday. According to the report, 84 forest...

Climate Change Brings More Warm Days, Less Cold Nights in Greece

Climate change is affecting Greece, adding more very hot days and less very cold nights in every year from now on, according to a study by the National Observatory of Athens, published in the International Journal of Climatology. The study...

Athens National Observatory to Undergo Major Facelift

A 1.55-million-euro project overseen by the Region of Attica will highlight and upgrade the facilities of the National Observatory of Athens on the Hill of the Nymphs, it was announced on Holy Wednesday. The project includes the creation of a...

Half of Greece Covered in Snow; Conditions to Worsen Monday

About 51 percent of Greece is currently blanketed in snow -- varying from a light dusting of snow to debilitating snowfall -- thanks to the two successive weather fronts, “Rafail” and “Sophia”. Satellite data detailed above from the National Observatory of...

Athens Observatory Continuing Mars Observation in Collaboration With National Geographic

The National Observatory of Athens on Wednesday announced the continuation of its collaboration with the "National Geographic" for the observation of Mars through telescopes, which will be used in the "Mars" documentary series. It also announced that free tours...

Tropical Cyclone to Pass North of Crete, Heavy Rain for Mainland and Cyclades

The National Observatory of Athens has issued a warning that a tropical cyclone is expected to pass north of Crete on Monday, generating winds of over 100 kilometers per hour. This warning comes alongside the recent update on Monday from...

Christmas Full Moon First in 40 Years

Winter's first  "official" night will be the longest of the year. Conversely, in the southern hemisphere summer will begin, with the duration of the day at its peak. A few days later on Friday,Christmas night ,the sky will be...

Numerous Strong Aftershocks in Crete

Numerous aftershocks have shaken Crete after the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that occurred on April 16 at 9:07 pm east of Crete and near the Greek island of Kasos. The strongest aftershock measured 5.4 on the Richter scale and it occurred at...

Solar Eclipse in Athens Sky

A striking phenomenon occurred today above the sky of Athens, as the moon passed between the Earth and the sun, turning day into night. The solar eclipse that was visible throughout all of Europe, Africa and parts of Asia...