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Can you See the Pyramids from Space?

Click for a larger version of this image to see if you can see the Pyramids at Giza from the International Space Station. Via astronaut Nicole Stott's Twitpic feed.

Astronaut Nicole Stott posted this image on her Twitter account. If you can spot the Great Pyramids at Giza in this small image, you’ve pretty good eyesight! Click the image for a larger version if can’t find them.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi posted an image of different set of pyramids at Dahshur, Egypt, from his stint on the ISS in 2010. He zoomed in a little more, making them easier to see, below:

The Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid in Dahshur, Egypt. Credit: Soichi Noguchi/NASA/JAXA

But there’s still the question, can you see the Great Wall of China from space?


Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Torbjörn Larsson February 7, 2012, 5:07 PM

    I made them. I don’t know about quality of eyesight since I am currently dubious of mine, but good enough pattern recognition perhaps!?

  • Vasile Botezat February 7, 2012, 5:59 PM

    It’s sad to see the pyramids slowly getting “swallowed” by a city.

  • Andreas Egeland February 7, 2012, 8:37 PM

    I have bad pattern recognition and bad eyesight. Why could I still spot them?

  • Anonymous February 7, 2012, 11:12 PM

    That picture throws you for a little bit of a loop! You can clearly see Cairo stretching out from the Nile, and the Pyramids in the sand to the east of the great river. However, anyone who knows anything about the 3 most well known pyramids, and of course the Sphinx which sits so near by, will tell you that the ancient tombs are to the WEST of the Nile in Giza. Stott’s picture is upside down!! Still, great shot. Wish it was a little more stable (politically) over there… life long dream to see these amazing structures.

    • Donach McKenna February 7, 2012, 11:35 PM

      No, just because a photo doesn’t have north at the top doesn’t mean it’s upside down. That’s just the orientation he had when he took the photo,

      • Anonymous February 7, 2012, 11:47 PM

        Haha okay well by that same logic, if you looked at something while standing on your head, it wouldn’t appear upside down, it would just be a different point of view! I meant it was upside down in the conventional sense of it being opposite to what someone would see if looking at a picture conforming with convention of North being “up”.

  • Anonymous February 8, 2012, 3:01 AM

    They look as though their tops are lined up exactly like the stars of my avatar.

    • Anonymous February 8, 2012, 12:43 PM

      And some think that might be deliberate!

  • Anonymous February 10, 2012, 2:09 PM

    You cheated on the Giza pyramids…the photo is oriented incorrectly. The dark city area should be located at the lower right hand corner of the picture. Then they are easy to see

  • Anonymous February 10, 2012, 2:11 PM

    You cheated on the Giza photo. The orientation should be with the dark city area to the lower right hand corner…then the pyramids are easy to see :)

  • kemet2805 February 10, 2012, 9:13 AM

    You cheated on the Giza photo. The orientation should be with the dark city area to the lower right hand corner…then the pyramids are easy to see :)