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Egyptian pyramids. From Prehistory to the Middle Ages

Egyptian pyramids. From Prehistory to the Middle Ages

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The pyramid of Jufu, generally known as the "Great Pyramid", is perhaps one of the most famous monuments in the world. Its majestic mole and the perfection of its structure have made it the center of attention of those who visit the Memphis area since time immemorial.

Although it seems that astronomy in Egypt was not as detailed as in Mesopotamia, detailed observations were made of the heliaca output of apparently thirty-six stars near the celestial equator, which divided the year into equal periods (decas), of which stands out the star Sirius (Sothis), considered the main one of all, which was called Sothis.

There is much that has been speculated around the pyramids, and they actually contain details of astronomical interest; for example, the Great Pyramid presents a phenomenon called lightning, which occurs at sunset on the day of the equinox and consists of the sun shining flush the north and south faces, noting that they are not completely flat, but they have a certain obliqueness that makes half of the faces light while the other does not.

Another interesting detail refers to the arrangement of the pyramids, relative to each other as the arrangement of the three stars of the Orion belt.

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