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Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:03 PM

The equinox reveals one of the secrets of Egypt's iconic Sphinx


By Laura Geggel - Associate Editor 7 hours ago

The ancient Egyptians likely arranged this on purpose.



The sun set over the right shoulder of the Sphinx during the spring equinox this year.
(Image: Egypt Ministry of Antiquities)

The Sphinx had a "distinctive astronomical" moment with the sun during the spring equinox when, in a shining flourish, the sun set on the shoulder of the half-man, half-lion statue on March 19, according to the Egypt Ministry of Antiquities.

This phenomenon happens only twice a year, during the spring in March and the fall equinox in September, according to the ministry.

During the equinox, Earth's axis doesn't point toward or away from the sun, meaning that the Northern and Southern hemispheres receive equal amounts of the sun's light. In other words, the day and the night are equal in length.

It's well known that cats enjoy basking in the sun, and the 241-foot (74 meters) tall Sphinx is no exception. The mythical half-man, half-lion is carved out of limestone bedrock. Its face might show the likeness of Pharaoh Khafre, the fourth king of ancient Egypt's 4th dynasty (2575 B.C. to 2465 B.C.), who had the second and third Pyramids of Giza built, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.

More:
https://www.livescience.com/egypt-sphinx-equinox.html?utm_source=notification

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Reply The equinox reveals one of the secrets of Egypt's iconic Sphinx (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 23 OP
William Seger Mar 24 #1
packman Mar 24 #2
Harker Mar 24 #3
Fix The Stupid Mar 24 #4
Harker Mar 24 #5
tclambert Mar 24 #6
Fix The Stupid Mar 25 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:13 AM

1. Something missing from this story

An intentional alignment implies at least two specific points aligned with the setting sun, but the story doesn't say where you need to be to see the sun set over the Sphinx's shoulder on the equinox. The fact that you could find such a place is completely meaningless unless there is some reason to think the ancient Egyptians were marking that particular line. Looking at Google Earth, no such special place is immediately obvious due east of the Sphinx.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:55 AM

2. Exactly what I thought

No anchor point- meaningless conjecture.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:03 AM

3. Sounds like the Ministry of Antiquities

is a part of the Tourism Board.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:05 AM

4. I really hate this garbage.



If you watch the History Channel(s) at all, it seems that EVERY building past a certain age was built and placed where it was because of "Star alignment" or crap like that...


"oh, these pyramids here are in the shape of Orions belt!!?"...

Utter stupidity.

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Response to Fix The Stupid (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 11:22 AM

5. If anyone can fix it...

it's you.

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Response to Fix The Stupid (Reply #4)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:12 PM

6. Three points in a straight line? Orion's Belt!

Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. make close to a straight line. Our founding fathers must have laid them out to resemble Orion's Belt!


Three points not in a line? A triangle that probably matches some triangle of stars somewhere in the sky.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 07:43 AM

7. Exactly...


Ever watch that Oak Island show? Good gawd, there are a lot of gullible people out there...

"oh, here's a rock, there's a rock and over there is a rock! - look it's laid out in this constellation!"

All you can do is laugh...

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