Planetary Alignment Over Giza

An alignment of three planets over the Pyramids at Giza will occur in December 2012?

Claim:   An alignment of three planets over the Pyramids at Giza will occur in December 2012, an event which takes place only once in 2,800 years.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, August 2012]

Planetary alignment of Saturn, Venus, and Mercury that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza. Night Sky in Giza, Egypt on December 3, 2012, local time … one hour before sunrise compared with the Pyramids at Giza.


Origins:   In short, there will be a relatively close conjunction (about 14 degrees of separation) between the planets Mercury, Venus, and Saturn on 3 December 2012. However, a conjunction of three planets isn't a particularly rare event; these very same three planets formed a similar alignment as recently as 2007. Also, the conjunction of those three planets won't appear as neatly as depicted in the graphic above — if one were to draw a line parallel to those planets, it would be much more vertical than horizontal, and the planets would not be perfectly aligned along that line (i.e., a line connecting any two of those planets would not pass through the third). While it's possible that an observer who selected just the right time and place might be able to produce a view that positioned the three planets over the tops of the three pyramids, that view would still not look very much like the one in this idealized graphic.

Last updated:   20 August 2012

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