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Can you see the Pyramids from space? And other interesting facts about them

 

For thousands of years, the pyramids have remained a mystery for human beings. We know that they were built to host the bodies of the greatest pharaohs, but there are numerous legends about other aspects regarding the pyramids. Some legends say that the pyramids still hold great treasures while others say they were built by the aliens.

But if you’re more interested in the facts than in the rumors and legends, here are some cool stuff you need to know about pyramids.

 

Can you see the Pyramids from space?

There were numerous pyramids found over the years, but the most popular ones remain the Pyramids of Giza, in Egypt. They are also the biggest and tallest ones discovered so far, so it comes as no surprise that they gather millions of tourists and history enthusiasts every year.

These pyramids are amongst the few man-made structures that are visible from the space. You may not see them from the Moon, but there are plenty of satellites and space agencies that took pictures of the pyramids above the Earth. The International Space Station is the latest one to post photos of these Egyptian wonders.

Other man-made structures visible from outside the Earth include the Palm Islands in Dubai, the Greenhouses from Almeria, Spain or the city lights at night.

 

The number of pyramids

When most people think of the pyramids, they only vision the popular ones from Egypt. But did you know that there are over 5000 pyramids discovered so far? Some theories even suggest that the tomb ensemble from Giza actually consists of four structures and that the fourth one is still hidden under the desert sands.

Some of these constructions are over 5,000 years old which is astonishing given their symmetry and geometric perfection. What’s even more fascinating is that mammoths weren’t extinct until about 4,500 years ago which makes the species closer in time than the construction of some of the pyramids.

 

Who built them?

Some historians still have doubts regarding the actual builders of the pyramids. Given their perfect structure and extraordinary craftsmanship, some people went as far as claiming they were built by higher forces and not by humans.

However, new evidence suggests that they were, in fact, built by former pharaohs and rulers of Egypt to serve as tombs once they were gone.

For centuries, people believed that slaves were the ones forced to carry the heavy blocks of limestone. However, recent discoveries dismiss the theory as slaves should have been very well fed and fit to endure such intense physical labor.

It was not until a decade ago that archaeologist Mark Lehner discovered an entire city specifically built for the paid workers who helped with the construction of the pyramids.

 

3 science books for people who are not tech-savvy

 

 

I have never been a huge fan of science fiction, and that’s because I didn’t really come in contact with this genre until I was past the age of 25. I’ve tried my share of Philip K. Dick and Ursula K. Le Guin, but I have always felt like the characters and their actions are always out of context. How should I understand the rules of a completely imaginary world if I don’t become acquainted with its basics?

That’s why I always loathed SF books that start off like the author was in the middle of a sentence when he or she suddenly decided to write a book. An author that I haven’t tried my luck with is H.G. Wells, and I am somehow under the impression that his books were better compared to what’s being published today.

I prefer reading about science instead. As I have little to no knowledge of physics and other domains of this sort, I’ve always been a tad wary when it comes to trying out new titles. I’m going to tell you about three books that have left a mark on me, though.

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman is one of the first apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. The plot is rather simple, in that it deals with New York City after every human on the planet has disappeared. I remember seeing a documentary on YouTube a couple of years ago about the same scenario. In short, there wouldn’t be too many things left of us after a while; there would be dangers lurking in the dark and at every corner. Predators have no means of thriving these days, but that’s only because of us. If you have no patience when it comes to reading, I suggest seeing the documentary as it’s definitely impactful.

The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett is another recommendation I have to make. It came out long before any zombie-related trend, and it deals with infectious diseases and the way they are transmitted. The term is, in fact, emerging diseases; these can affect the entire human population or its development in certain areas.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the last book I am going to suggest reading if you are into science, but you are not particularly tech-savvy. Lacks was an African-American woman whose cells were preserved by scientists and experimented upon. Most of cancer and radiation research, gene mapping, and vaccine development of our days are based on those first cells from Henrietta Lacks. The woman was a poor tobacco farmer who had no idea that her cells had been taken from her in such a way.

I hope that this post has helped you and that you’ve learned something new.

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