The Orion Nebula's Relationship to Ancient Civilizations

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A nebula is a star-forming area that is a huge cloud of dust and gas. A nebula near us is Messier 42 or Orion nebula. It has been the center of curiosity of civilizations for ages. Civilizations knew about the Orion Nebula and were somehow related to religions. Something like this is presented in this post which surprised me.

This nebula is considered by the Mayans to be the cosmic fire of creation. Although their belief is not completely correct, the stars formed here are correct. They could understand that anything was created here. However, Messier 42 or the Orion nebula shines brightly in the constellation, which is easily understood from the images. They probably thought it was fire.

As the Orion nebula is only 1,500 light-years away, it is well known to many civilizations as the closest major star-forming region to Earth. It can be seen with the naked eye. January is a very good time to observe it. Bright just below Orion's belt. You can observe the formation of stars in a wonderful way by using a telescope

[credit: NASA/ESA source]

These four bright and massive stars in the image above are called Trapezium stars. These stars can be seen in pictures like sparkling gemstones. These stars were born at the same time and are positioned side by side

Four massive young stars reside in the bright, central region of the Orion nebula. The ultraviolet light emitted by these stars is creating a hole in the nebula. These are disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars and shape the nebula. The four heavy stars are arranged in a trapezoidal pattern that is clearly visible in the image above. So they are called trapezium.

There is certainly some logic behind the Mayan culture's comparison of the Orion Nebula to the cosmic fire of creation. They may have observed it with their naked eyes. Most importantly, they knew something about the Orion Nebula

[Credit :ESA/ESO/NASA source]

You may have heard the name of Orion Belt consists of the three bright stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka. These three stars are clearly visible in the above image. The name of the uppermost bright star is Mintaka. The middle star is called Alnilam and the smaller one is called Alnitak.


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The Orion Nebula is the most widely observed and tries to learn much about the process of how stars and planetary systems form from collapsing clouds of gas and dust. Perhaps the ancient Egyptians were able to observe these three stars in Orion's belt. It is thought that the pyramids they created were modeled after these three stars in Orion's belt. If you look at the above picture, you can understand it easily. And archaeologists have found proof of this. The three pyramids were a terrestrial map of the three constellations in Orion's belt which clearly states that they were constructed in relation to Orion's belt.

Hancock, who co-authored with Bauval, says:

we have demonstrated with a substantial body of evidence that the pattern of stars that is "frozen" on the ground at Giza in the form of the three pyramids and the Sphinx represents the disposition of the constellations of Orion and Leo as they looked at the moment of sunrise on the spring equinox during the astronomical "Age of Leo" (i.e., the epoch in which the Sun was "housed" by Leo on the spring equinox.) source


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The Orion Nebula is named after the hunter in Greek mythology. If you look at the image above, you will understand that the positions of the stars have been shaped by humans. He looks like a hunter. Betelgeuse is the second brightest star making the right shoulder of the hunter. Bellatrix star made Orion's left shoulder. Other stars in the constellation include Hatsya, which makes the tip of Orion's sword that hangs off the belt, and Meissa, which makes Orion's head. Saiph makes Orion's right knee. Rigel star makes the hunter's left knee.

​If you look at religions, you will see that some people consider the stars as their gods. They worship stars. They attach great importance to certain stars. There are various sayings about these things in people's mouths. In fact, since ancient times, people used to determine the time and direction by looking at the position of the stars. North Pole Star is located in the same position in the sky indicated the north direction. They used to observe all these stars. I noticed among the Hindus they say that people become stars after death. However, there are some religions that clearly mention the creation of stars and that stars are formed from dust and gas. I would like to do a post on what religions say about the universe. Anyway, people have been familiar with stars since ancient times. With the advancement of science in the present era, we are able to get the right idea.

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Interesting read.

It is thought that the pyramids they created were modeled after these three stars in Orion's belt. If you look at the above picture, you can understand it easily. And archaeologists have found proof of this. The three pyramids were a terrestrial map of the three constellations in Orion's belt which clearly states that they were constructed in relation to Orion's belt [bold letters added].

Could you please provide a source for this?

You can also read this article saying something like that

I see, but did you read it? Notice that this paper your citing is not supporting that idea of the supposed correlation between the stars and the pyramids, but rather making the case against it. The abstract of the paper ends with this:

On the contrary, unlike what stated by another popular and controversial theory (the so-called Cygnus-Giza Correlation), we have found no coincidence between the mutual positions of the three pyramids and those of the three stars of the short arm of the asterism of Northern Cross, in the Cygnus constellation. [italics added].

I'm asking because I've heard of this idea before. It's been broadly dismissed.

I understood. In fact, these are people's thoughts which are not completely compatible. For example, the Orion Nebula is called the cosmic fire of creation, which is not entirely true, but it is true that it is the place where the stars are created.Some scientists think that the pyramids are towers that were used to communicate with aliens. This type of episode was aired on nat geo channel.

Some scientists think that the pyramids are towers that were used to communicate with aliens. This type of episode was aired on nat geo channel.

LOL, they are not scientists. Most of them are just writers and a few fringe professionals. That idea has been debunked too, it's just pseudo-scientific stuff. Of course, History Channel airs it because, contrary to appearances, they really aren't committed to science popularization. They need to sell and sensationalism sells well.

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