Conspiracy nuts, grab your tinfoil hats and start theorising.
Scientists have located what they are calling a “big void” within the Great Pyramid of Giza.
In a study published in the journal Nature on Thursday, an international team called ScanPyramids announced that they have used cosmic-ray imaging of subatomic particles to look deep within the pyramid.
The subatomic particles are called muons, and the technique, known as muography, can sense density changes within rock.
Muons rain down on our atmosphere at the speed of light but pass more slowly through solid objects. By recording muon behaviour, scientists can thus perform an “X-ray” of structures.
Until now, we have been aware of three large interior chambers in the Pyramids and a series of passageways which connect them. These chambers are known as the King’s and Queen’s chambers and the Grand Gallery.
ScanPyramids describe the big void as a being around 30 metres long and adjacent to the King’s chamber.
At this point, it is unclear what the big void is for, which is why we need conspiracy theorists. Maybe it’s where the alien bodies are kept. Could be a mummy curse in there. Or perhaps Ben Carson was right all along and it’s full of grain!
There are other spaces around the King’s chamber, but these are smaller and were inserted to relieve pressure during construction. The big void is different and has the dimensions of what could be a hidden chamber.
The Great Pyramid is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu and it was constructed between 2580 and 2560 BC. At almost 150 metres tall, it is the oldest and largest of the pyramids and was built for Khufu, a 4th dynasty pharaoh.
ScanPyramids will continue to study the pyramid and say they plan to send in a small robot to explore the big void.