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The Great Pyramid Of Giza - On The Global Latitude Placement Of The Structure
By Keith Hunter

Upon the matter of the global placement of the Great Pyramid of Giza it is of note that the latitude of the structure is almost exactly 30 degrees north, or 1/3 of the distance up from the equator to the North Pole. In light of this, several researchers have over the years suggested that the latitude placement of the Great Pyramid was not arbitrarily selected; the most basic idea thus being that the builders deliberately sought to position the structure at precisely 30 degrees north. Though indeed, there are certain variations upon this theme.

According to an early survey conducted by Piazzi Smyth in 1865, the Great Pyramid was found to stand upon the latitude parallel of 29 Degrees, 58 Minutes, and 51 Seconds of arc north. Though a significant deviation from an exacting 30 degrees, Smyth noted that if one were to observe the pole of the sky from the foot of the Great Pyramid, at an altitude of 30 degrees; then with the refraction of the atmosphere taken into account, it would necessitate that the structure itself was built

upon the parallel of 29 Degrees, 58 Minutes, and 22 Seconds of arc north. Under this consideration, an error in latitude placement is given of about 29 seconds of arc, or approximately 2900 feet, from the surveyed position of Smyth. Of course, the significance of such an association as noted by Smyth rests purely upon geometry, and of a supposed harmonious angular connection. There is however a second theory that does go beyond a pure geometrical association; one that links the latitude placement of the Great Pyramid of Giza directly to a well known ancient Egyptian myth involving two prominent gods of the Egyptian pantheon; namely Geb and Nut.

Of these two noted deities under the Egyptian schema, Geb was a male god held to be representative of the earth, with Nut a goddess held to represent the sky According to the relevant myth, at one time the earth was thought by the Egyptians to have possessed 360 days per year, but due to a 'coupling' of these two deities, Nut became pregnant and 'gave birth' to 5 extra days of the year to bring the total to 365. Now, it is of note that the modern and exacting value of the earth tropical year is 365.2421897 days. And, dividing this value by 360, one achieves 1.014561638 for the ratio of the earth-year change. From a careful study of the position of the Great Pyramid, it is to be found that under the modern WGS84 earth ellipsoid model, the 'small circle circumference' of the earth at the latitude of the structure (parallel to the equatorial circumference), divided by the arc length up from the equator to the centre of the pyramid, is almost exactly ten times the ratio of the proposed earth year increase, being about 10.14567. The error in this particular analysis for the latitude placement is less than 60 feet; an exceptional refinement over the noted geometrical association of Smyth.

For more information on the decisive proof that the Great Pyramid of Giza was intentionally positioned in accordance with the ratio between the current earth year and an ideal of 360 days per year visit the Great Pyramid of Giza latitude considerations article. For more general information on such topics visit the Ancient World Mysteries site.

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