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Astronomy Glossary

This Glossary deals mostly with Arabic Terms that have been adopted by Medieval European scholars and given European names as below. The discussion of the history of changes in Arabic terms is included whenever needed.

علم الهيئة/علم هيئة الفلك/علم الفلك
Science of Astronomy

"3elm Al-Hay2a" is the Arabic name used by Avicenna (Ibn Sina) and the other leading Muslim scholars of the medievals. It means "Science of the Appearance of the Celestial Sphere". The modern form of this Arabic name is (Al-Falak الفلك) or the "Science of Celestial Sphere".
Astronomy Glossary Cover

BookDiscussion: Sunset Oasis--by Bahaa Taher

The discussion will cover the many sides of one of few research-based novels in Egypt. It tells the story of the remote Siwa oasis during the troubling days after the British occupation of Egypt in the 19th Century. The novel has been awarded the inaugural IPAF (International Prize for Arabic Fiction) AKA the Arab Booker Prize. The discussion is welcoming all notes on literature, history, culture, geography of Siwa and the area.

Al Quseir Hotel

This place is amazing. A guest-house styled lodge. It is a rennovated 1920's merchant's house right on the water front with only 6 rooms. Shared bathrooms but very clean. The sea-front rooms have amazing views.


Quotations from TripAdvistor (2014 Dec):

sharia port said, Quseir kornish, red sea coast
Method to Get There: 
Road (excellent track for normal cars)
Cost Per Night: 
(BB) Double - Sea View (airconditioned) 198 EGP, Double - Sea View (fan only) 168 EGP, Double - Street View (fan only) 138 EGP
El Quseir Hotel


1940s Cairo's architecture mixed with domes Hassan Fathi's style. Decoration is following more the 1940s Cairene style with some fantastic drawings and themes.

West bank- Dada'iyya - Luxor
Method to Get There: 
Road (excellent track for normal cars)
+20 123 251 307 contact@moudira.com
Cost Per Night: 
DBL room 170 euro/night , junior suite 220 euro/night, luxury suite 290 euro/night (all BB)
Al Moudira room

Astronomy Orientation

Short notice, but hope some will still be able to attend. It's limited --as usual-- to 5 participants.

Please email me offlist for reservations.

Location: Harood's Cafe, 19 elKoroom St, Mohandesin.

Courtier and Explorer: Ahmed Hassanein

You feel physically adventurous and intellectual at the same time?

Have you heard of King Farouk? You think you know Ahmed Pasha Hassanein who's been all along with him in most of his adult life?

Come and let's get to know more of the secrets of his life specially ones related to the Desert.

Day 4x4 Desert Networking Event

If you own a 4x4 and is willing to join a small group of us going "towards" Wadi elHitan for a Day's Safari, then please contact Author (see links above): Name(s), and your 4x4 experience.

Dish party will be had at el3asr. We'll leave right after Sunset to Cairo.

Unfortunately, there would be no Camping this time so there should be no Star-gazing (astronomy exercise).


Habitat is the place in which a creature live. A fish habitat is the sea, and a gazelle habitat is a flat desert.

Imagine your home where you were brought up! It has running water, has a range of temperature that is not too high (+50°) or too low (-10°), has certain privacy behind walls that won't show what you're doing, has toilet and waste disposal ways. Let's assume too that you cannot live without a Cinema and a bookshop nearby.

Now imagine you move to another country. You should choose your home where there's a Cinema and bookshop nearby.

This should narrow down your search to fewer places.

This might be a ridiculous example but that area that fits your "life requirements" is what scientists call your "habitat". Scientists will try to recognize what defines it for all living creatures with whatever preferences and scale of the places they like to live in.

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