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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-04-18

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Lyrids meteor shower to peak on Friday, Earth Day
  • [02] Shock over footballer's death 

  • [01] Lyrids meteor shower to peak on Friday, Earth Day

    People in the northern hemisphere, including Greece, will be treated to a celestial 'fireworks' show this week, as the Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22, Earth Day, with the greatest visibility between Friday night and just before dawn Saturday.

    The Lyrids, are a strong meteor shower occurring annually in mid-to-late April, and take their name from the constellation Lyra, where the radiant of the meteor shower appears to be located, but the source of the meteor shower is actually the periodic Comet C/1861 Thatcher.

    It is the oldest meteor shower recorded by humans, with the first recorded observation being in 687 BC by a Chinese man who wrote of "stars falling like rain".

    The 'shooting stars' are in actuality the dusty trail of the comet Thatcher. Particles the size of grains of sand shed by the comet shoot through the sky at over 100,000 miles per hour that "light up" when the reach the earth's atmosphere.

    Photo by ANA-MPA/EPA/G. Licovski)

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    [02] Shock over footballer's death

    (ANA-MPA) -- The death of Xanthi defensive midfielder Olubayo Adefemi shocked the local football establishment on Monday.

    The 26-year-old Nigerian player was killed in a traffic accident on the Egnatia motorway in the early morning hours of Monday near the city of Kavala, in northeast Greece. (ANA-MPA)

    Adefemi had received permission from his team to travel to his homeland for his wedding.

    Before arriving in the Greek Super League, Adefemi had played for France's Boulogne before arriving in Xanthi.

    He played in 24 matches for Skoda Xanthi in the 2010-2011, scoring two goals. Adefemi also had caps with the Nigerian national team, seeing action in Austria, Romania, as well as with three teams in Israel.

    Condolences poured in from other teams in Greece, players, and the federation. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: A file photo dated Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, shows Olubayo Adefemi (L) battling for the ball with Atromitos Athens' Perrone during an Atromitos-Xanthi match in Athens, Greece. ANA-MPA / INTIME SPORTS/ LATO KLODIAN

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