By this time most of you have already seen the cool picture to the right depicting the upcoming Planetary Alignment over Giza on December 3, 2012.
Although a very cool picture indeed, it’s not realistic. There will be a planetary alignment on December 3, 2012 over Giza but it will not look quite as impressive as it does here.
I decided to grab an image of the Giza Complex this morning and crop it out with GIMP. Then I used Stellarium to give me a view of Egypt on December 3, 2012 at 9:30pm. By merging these images I was able to create a somewhat realistic view of how it would look on that evening in Egypt.
You’ll notice that in my image the planets are indeed aligned but not in the awesome way of the hoax picture to the right. Personally I think that this would be an awesome sight to behold any way you want to look at it.
What you may also find interesting in my picture below is that the star Spica, shining at magnitude .95, is also part of this chain of wonders.
Feel free to utilize my image as you see fit