Wednesday, January 6, 2016

News, Luxor: Solar Alignment Phenomenon Witnessed at Hatshepsut Temple in Luxor Today

CAIRO: A shaft of sunlight illuminated the shrine of solar God Amon Re at the temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor Today early morning, Youm7 reported.

“The Queen Hatshepsut Temple was built and orientated in a way that it witnesses this phenomenon twice a year; on Sep. 9 and Jan. 6. 

The significance of the two dates remain mysterious but the phenomenon might has synchronized with the religious ceremonies that were part of the major feasts of God Amun-Re,” assistant professor at 6 October’s Faculty of Engineering Ahmed Awad told Youm7 Wednesday.

The sun disk became fully perpendicular to Amon Re’s shrine at around 06:15 a.m. and the biannual spectacle, which has endured more than 3,500 years of Egyptian history, lasted for about five minutes, Awad said, describing the event as “breathtaking.”

Solar alignments are observed throughout the year at several ancient Egyptian temples most important of which is Abu Simbel located 200 kilometers south of Aswan.

The 3,500-year-old Karnak temples also were orientated to receive sunrays into their sanctuary at the dawn of the winter solstice. The light is meant to illuminates statues of Amon Re; the ancient Egyptian god of the sun.

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