An image on Facebook illustrates an artist’s conception of a planetary alignment that will occur at 9:51 a.m. on December 3, 2012 in Giza, Egypt. The artist took a nighttime photo of the pyramids and superimposed a daytime astrological event above them:
In this artist’s conception the planets Mercury, Venus and Saturn each align with an adjacent pyramid. At sunrise the alignment will be more vertical than horizontal when seen from Giza Egypt. The image above is an artist’s conception, set at 9:51 a.m when the alignment will be more horizontal and directly over the pyramids,but obscured by the light of the sun. I have no idea whether this particular alignment is as rare as claimed on Facebook (it may be that the artist had in mind the spacing of the planets being roughly equivalent to the spacing of the three pyramids). A Sky Safari image for Giza shows a sunrise depiction of the alignment at 5:31 in the morning:
Here is the astrological chart for 9:51 a.m. on this day in Egypt (note that the alignment is more horizontal in mid-morning):
Whatever astrological significance this alignment may have is open to speculation.
A Discovery Magazine article critical of the artist’s conception (because the alignment will not be visible over the pyramids in mid-morning) concludes:
“Don’t get me wrong: it would actually be pretty cool to see this planetary/pyramid alignment. Someone putting themself at just the right place to the northwest at just the right time might be able to get the three planets aligned with the three pyramids. That would be very pretty, and I’d love to see it personally! But I wouldn’t assign any spiritual significance to it beyond that.”