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Will 3 Planets Align over the Pyramids in December 2012?

Will 3 Planets Align over the Pyramids in December 2012?

Will there be a planetary alignment on December 3, 2013 with three planets directly above the Pyramids at Giza?

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The rumor about this supposed alignment states:

Planetary alignment of Saturn, Venus, and Mercury that will take place Dec 3, 2012 is dead-on alignment with the Pyramids at Giza. Night Sky in Giza, Egypt on December 3, 2012, local time … one hour before sunrise compared with the Pyramids at Giza.

A graphic included with this story states that this is a rare alignment that occurs every 2737 years.

As this website so dutifully points out, on December 3, 2012 those three planets will be aligned vertically, not horizontally above the pyramids. Planetary alignments are not nearly as uncommon as the rumor would have you believe. In fact, close alignments of various planets in different configurations occur every few years.

This won’t happen on December 3, 2012.


This variation shows a slightly different alignment than the photo being circulated a few months earlier.

Oddly enough, this rumor has had two surges, once in August 2012, and once in November 2012. There have been two different graphics circulating the rumor – and they differ in how they claim the planets will look on that date.

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