Is the Great Pyramid at Giza a Secret Clue About the Speed of Light? Alien Researchers Make the Case
Alien researchers are chasing a surprising new conspiracy theory this week: Is the Great Pyramid of Giza a giant secret clue about the speed of light?
The Great Pyramid at Giza's latitude, 29.9792458°N, perfectly matches up to the speed of light, which is 299,792,458 meters per second. This, some are claiming, suggests that the ancient Egyptians had some greater knowledge of the speed of light, space travel, and, potentially, advanced alien spaceships.
This supports a long-held theory among some parts of the UFO conspiracy theorist community, which claims that, considering the fact that nobody knows how the pyramids were formed, the ancient Egyptians must have had extraterrestrial help to construct their tombs.
This isn't a new theory. The Star's source for the article is a YouTube video from May 2017, which sets out the details of this particular theory. In reality, the theory has been around far, far, longer, as it's been a while now since people first noticed the uncanny connection between the position of the Great Pyramid and the speed of light.
Of course, considering the fact that this theory has been around for quite some time, it's not particularly surprising that it's already long since been debunked.
At first glance, the numbers seem to add up: 29.9792°N, 31.1342°E is indeed the latitude and longitude for the Great Pyramid, and the speed of light through a vacuum really is 299,792,458 meters per second. That said, delving too deeply into this theory causes things to unravel fast.
The coordinates 29.9792458°N will technically give a hit on the Great Pyramid's latitude, but this isn't the standard measurement for latitude. Instead, only six digits are necessary, so the number really ought to be 29.9792°N, or even 29.9800°N, as the number can be rounded up.
This then gives us an entire band around the entire Earth, rather than the Great Pyramid specifically—without the longitude as well, this reference is meaningless. The numbers have been deliberately fiddled with in order to make them fit the speed of light.
That's only one problem, though—there is a bigger issue at play here. The Egyptians didn't measure any distance in meters. There would be no logical reason for them to build a pyramid in a marker place for a unit of measurement that wouldn't be invented for thousands of years.
Sure, you can claim that a time traveler gave them instruction as to where to place their pyramid, but this idea is even more farfetched than the alien theory, considering that most scientists agree that traveling backward through time is almost certainly impossible.
Besides, in reality, there is no mystery to how the pyramids were constructed. This process is well-documented because the Egyptians were really big on making records out of stone that weathered the test of time.
It seems that this is just a big coincidence—sometimes, two random numbers look vaguely similar, and our overeager human brains work overtime to try and make them fit together.
We're obsessed with the idea of everything having a purpose or a reason, because the real truth, that most things in the universe are completely random and without logic, terrifies us at a basic instinctual level.