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Photo of the Pyramids Amid Milky Way Stars Is Digitally Altered

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
23rd June 2022
Photo of the Pyramids Amid Milky Way Stars Is Digitally Altered
The original photo taken by Trevor Dobson (Facebook).

The Claim

The image depicts a part of the Milky Way galaxy behind the Pyramids.

Emerging story

A photo purportedly depicting the Pyramids with the Milky Way galaxy in the background has recently circulated among MENA social media users.

A supporting image within the article body

Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating photo and discovered that it was fabricated and manipulated to show bright stars in the sky.

The original photo was taken by Trevor Dobson in Australia

On February 26, 2017, Trevor Dobson posted the original image to his Flickr account. He described it as a panoramic photograph made up of 53 images taken in Harvey Dam, Western Australia, 125 kilometers (100 miles) south of Perth.

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Dobson mentioned in his post that the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds can be seen near the horizon in the center and right of the image. Meanwhile, light pollution can be seen from the Worsley Alumina refinery, which is about 15 kilometers away.

Hubble Telescope Identifies an Isolated Black Hole

The claim emerged following the announcement by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that, after 6 years of careful observation, its Hubble Space Telescope had discovered evidence of the presence of a single black hole drifting through space.

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The Milky Way Galaxy

The Milky Way is a spiral-shaped galaxy with a width of about 100,000 lightyears that contains between 200 and 400 billion stars, including the Sun. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, despite the Earth's presence within the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers have not fully comprehended its nature, as they have with external star systems.

The Milky Way galaxy was named "Umm Al Nujoom Al Shawabek" by ancient Arabs (The Mother of Doomed Stars).

The Pyramid of Khufu

The Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza, is the largest of the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. It was named after the fourth Pharaoh, Pharaoh Khufu, and was built in the 26th century BC. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Translated by Rend Beiruti

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