Gad Al-Kady, Head of the National Institute for Astronomical Research, announced that Egypt is currently working on building the world’s second largest observatory, in terms of telescope diameter, to monitor space debris. A step which would put Egypt at the forefront of space research.
The station could help scientists study the different celestial bodies roaming space, from comets and asteroids to man-made space debris, which could provide significant data to various space projects as well as research.
Al-Kady also revealed that the institute is carrying on a number of gigantic projects one of which is the observatory, others include the modernization of old earthquake stations including one in Qena Governorate and two near the Red Sea coast. A brand new station has only recently entered the line of service in the northern part of the Western Desert.