Hidden Chamber Discovered Inside the Great Pyramid of Giza

Cosmic rays lead to pyramid discovery

The known specifics about the space, which according to NPR is the "first significant internal structure found within the Great Pyramid since the 19th century", are pretty slim. The goal was to test whether they could use muons to accurately discern two well-known rooms located above: the King's Chamber and Grand Gallery.

According to NPR, scientists just discovered a huge hidden hole in the Great Pyramid of Giza, and no one knows why it's there.

The team used three different muon detection techniques to figure out how the muons were affected by having travelled through the pyramid, and waited until all three groups had independently detected it before announcing their discovery.

Behind the discovery was the harnessing of subatomic particles called muons that, each and every day, bombard the Earth's upper atmosphere and shower us on its surface as cosmic rays.

Experts are unsure about the goal of the void-it could have been a burial chamber, another gallery, an architectural anomaly, or simply a sealed-off construction passage.

"We avoid the word chamber because it is not a chamber, but we know that it is a void", said Mehdi Tayoubi, an author of the study from the HIP Institute in France.

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The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, was built by Pharaoh Khufu, who ruled from 2509 to 2483 B.C. The pyramid is 140 meters tall and consists of three main rooms- the entrance hall, the king's chamber and the queen's chamber.

The Verge laid out a succinct, easy to understand, and extremely radical-sounding explanation of muons: "Muons are produced when the cosmic rays that permeate our Universe and pummel our atmosphere break down - creating a kind of subatomic confetti that rains down on Earth at nearly the speed of light".

The more research is revealed about the Great Pyramid, the more Egyptians' thoroughly natural architectural processes come to light. Scientists say the particles penetrate any material that made them the flawless tool to X-ray the pyramid with. If there's a big void, lots of muons will flow through.

"There have been many theories about the existence of secret chambers inside the pyramid", said Mr Tayoubi.

"It's very clear what they found as a void doesn't mean anything at all".

"It was hidden, I think, since the construction of the pyramid", Tayoubi added. The study of the pyramids has been going on for an bad long time.

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