Did the Ancient Egyptians know the Distance between the Inner Planets?
Over the centuries researchers have wondered what the significance is to the layout of the Pyramids at Giza. Could they mimic the stars above or possibly hold a secret code hidden within their design? Many believe the three pyramids, one which is smaller and off center from the angle of the other two, is an image of the belt from the constellation Orion . When comparing the layout of the three main pyramids to the night’s sky it becomes obvious the three stars that make up the belt of Orion are almost identical. It seems even more plausible to think this after observing the evidence the Egyptians left behind to prove they were keen observers of the night’s sky . With the advanced knowledge and careful planning it would take to build the pyramids it seems obvious the layout must have been an important part of the design. Could there be more than one reason to build these great monuments in their precise locations? Maybe they do mirror the night’s sky but could there also be other meanings locked within their design?
If the Egyptians had the capability to preplan and layout the Pyramids at Giza it seems they could apply the same mathematical knowledge to astronomy as well. Astronomers today have simple equations using the alignment of any planet to the background stars, over a six month period, to find the planet’s distance . It seems with their advanced skills in mathematics and astronomy it’s possible the ancient Egyptians could have possessed this type of knowledge.
After researching the solar system and the distance of the inner planets from the Sun a similarity to the pyramid layout was observed. Using Venus as a center reference point of the inner planets and finding the distance from the Sun to Venus than Venus to Mars there is a little extra distance between Venus and Mars. Using the measurements in figure 4, which is scaled to feet and inches, the difference in the distance is 51ft between the Sun and Venus and 57ft between Venus and Mars. This small difference was the first observation when comparing to the distance between the pyramids. In figure 1 when facing the entire complex towards the west, with the sunrise to your back and using the great pyramid as a marker for the Sun, the distance between the Sun to Venus than Venus to Mars can be observed by using lines as a reference also seen in figure 3.
By using Venus as a center reference point and facing the complex towards the north the distance between Mercury to Venus than Venus to Earth can be observed in figure 2. The two distances here are noticeably different compared to the first.
The offset design can be observed when the tip of each pyramid is used as a reference guide for a grid pattern. When facing west the Pyramids are further apart. By taking this distance times two it can be used as a scale for the distance between the Sun, Venus and Mars. When facing the Pyramids toward the North they can be used to scale the distance between Mercury, Venus and Mars. Notice the entire layout of the inner solar system is from right to left starting with the position of the Sun while Venus remains in the center.
Using the scale in figure 4 the average distance between the planets are scaled to feet and inches. By entering 7.874015 inches for the Sun’s body diameter the distances used in this research can be observed from the scale in figure 4. Using the numbers from the scale in figure 4, on graph paper, results in the distance of the inner planets. For example, when rounding the numbers to the nearest foot Mercury would be marked at 27 squares, Venus is 51 squares, Earth is 70 etc. Once all of the positions are located this scale can be used to compare with the distances between the pyramids.
In figure 5 the red lines are the average distance between the inner planets according to the scale in figure 4. The black lines are the distances between the pyramids. Keep in mind, the distance between the Sun, Venus and Mars should be times two the pyramid distance.
These numbers can fluctuate due to each planet slightly changing distance as they orbit the Sun. The distances between the pyramids can be matched exactly according to the location of each planet in its orbit. If the planets have remained in their same orbital distances since the pyramids were built, could these measurements be used to find the exact location of each planet within its orbit? If this is possible can this technique be used to find a date?