One representation of what the night sky at Giza, Egypt might look like before sunrise December 3, 2012 with the planetary alignment over the pyramids

I posted this back in August because I knew that the 2012 winter solstice had gotten and would get attention because of a perceived connection to the Mayan calendar. There will be also be a planetary alignment of Mercury, Venus and Saturn on December 3, 2012 and those three planets will be “aligned” with the Pyramids at Giza.  And for those following the Maya calendar and the 2012 connection, this event has greater significance.

Those who believe that the pyramids were built “to honor (or warn us about) the time marked by the planetary convergence” see this alignment matching with the layout of the Pyramids at Giza as more than coincidence. And they also connect it to the end of a 5000 year cycle in the Maya calendar which occurs 18 days later on the solstice on December 21 (12-21-12).

A good number of others online have posted refutations of the event and the interpretations. Snopes.com ranks it as a mixture of true and false. Generally, there is agreement that Mercury, Venus, and Saturn will all be aligned and relatively close to each other in the sky on that date. They will be 14 degrees apart which is said to be 30 times the width of the full Moon on the sky, but that is still close.

A number of astronomy fans have said that the three planets will be more vertical than horizontal (see below)

So, does it have any greater meaning? Is it connected to the Maya calendar? What will be see in the sky over the pyramids?

Check back in four days.

A Stellarium representation of the view from Giza on December 3

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