As if there wasn’t already enough of mystery surrounding Ancient Egypt – the Pyramids, the Pharaohs, Alien crap, etc. – now scientists have discovered a giant freaking hole in the center of Khufu’s Pyramid.

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The Great Pyramid, also known as Khufu’s Pyramid, was built in Egypt during the Old Kingdom (2560 BCE). Even though Khufu’s Pyramid is one of the oldest monuments on Earth, very little is known about how it was built.

Using new technology, a team of scientists have now found a 30 meter void in the center of Khufu’s pyramid that was previously unknown.

How did they do it? Well, these scientists were able to image the insides of the pyramid using muons. Muons are subatomic particles that lose energy when they touch stone. So scientists used a muon detector to track the energy of muons from cosmic rays that shot through the pyramid, and they stitched together the resulting data into a visual image of the structure.

Muon Detector being used at Khufu’s Pyramid  
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It’s still too early to tell what this all means and how the information will be used. So for the time being, we’ll just sit back and think it’s cool – because it is. Hopefully we’ll be hearing some sort of update on what’s actually inside there soon.

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