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Construction of the Bent Pyramid: Cosmic Particle Analysis To Provide More Insight

Cosmic particle data gleaned from the Bent Pyramid of Egypt will be analysed by an international team of scientists in the near future. The study is thought to provide insight into the construction of the 4,600-year-old infrastructure.

The Bent Pyramid in Egypt. Scientists intend to use cosmic particle data to have an idea of the structure of its insides.

The Bent Pyramid in Egypt. Scientists intend to use cosmic particle data to have an idea of the structure of its insides.

The Bent Pyramid is situated about 40 km south of the capital of Egypt, Cairo. As per calculations and estimations, its existence is claimed to have originated about 4,600 years ago. It is believed to mark the first attempt of the people of that time to set up a pyramid with a smooth side unlike the other earlier ones. Gaining information about its insides – whether it is empty or dense – will allow Egyptologists to understand how the structure was made.

Sensitive detectors were thus made to enter the pyramid to obtain the relevant information pertaining to invisible subatomic particles called muons which are the product of the action of cosmic rays on atoms found in our atmosphere. As such, muons are always reaching us in this way at nearly the speed of light: about 10,000 fall on a square metre of our planet each minute.

Cosmic rays hitting our planet, colliding with atoms and molecules in the Earth's atmosphere. Lighter particles like muons are thus produced and rained down on us.

Cosmic rays hitting our planet, colliding with atoms and molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere. Lighter particles like muons are thus produced and rained down on us. Photo credits: NSF/J .Yang.

The researchers of the study intend to make use of the technique called muon radiography to map the inside of the pyramid; normally, this is used to create pictures of the interior structure of volcanoes. Focusing on muons can help for this type of purpose because they are able to get through empty spaces very easily. Furthermore, they can also be absorbed and deflected by materials of high density like rock slabs. The resulting data from detecting muons is expected to help the team to generate an image of the surfaces they passed through in the pyramid.

Up until now, researchers have not been able to confirm a theory regarding the building of the pyramids. We only have a catalogue of theories and hypotheses that remain unverified. It is hoped that contemporary technology might elucidate the question that has been bothering scientists for decades now. Muon radiography could assist them to confirm or change the hypotheses as required. For instance, if a void is located at some point, new questions and theories might arise to help answer the big questions.

The people of the pyramids are long gone – dead and buried centuries ago. Still, what they have left behind of what their hands built has persisted throughout the years, soliciting the attention of man, as though their splendid infrastructural structures are stories begging to be heard. Stories that can allegedly only be unravelled by accessing into the insides of the mysterious pyramids, hence the tremendous efforts to be driven into them with the latest technology. Or, perhaps, man, in his abysmal curiosity, is looking in the wrong places. Perhaps, the answer is right there under his nose: structures might remain behind only to show you that the people have not.

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