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The Precession Of The Equinox

The standard "party line" is that the phenomenon of precession was officially discovered by the Greek scholar Hipparchus, and nothing seems to lead our contemporary astronomers to think that the ancient Egyptians were aware of it. The trouble is that we know extremely few details (if any at all) about the alleged discovery of precession from Hipparchus himself. This includes some of his other major mathematical works.

Rate of precission Source

54" an year Surya Siddhanta (ancient Hindu astronomical treatise)

46" an year Hipparchus(astronomer, geographer, and mathematician of the Hellenistic period)

50.3" an year Modern day rate (I.A.U.)

The Surya Siddhanta even refers to our solar system as a binary model with a dual sun and thus, the precession.
For more detail about the binary model visit the website of Binary Research Institute.

Here it can be seen that all three rates of precission for different time-frames are different. But if a binary model of the universe is considered then the numbers seem perfect. As in a binary model the rate of precission varies according to the position of the sun and it's binary with relation to each other. The change takes place in a cycle. Something like for example : 54,53,52,51,50,....46.....50,51,52,53,54

Astronomy and Hindu cosmology are inseparably entwined at Angkor Wat. Nowhere is this more evident than in the interior colonnade, which is dedicated to a vast and glorious carved mural, a bas-relief illustrating the gods as well as scenes from the Hindu epic the Mahabharata.

The Angkor Wat temple was built in approx 1150 A.D. It was basically an equinoctial temple. But the huge temple structure was built in such a way so as to represent the sky image of the constellation Draco as it appeared in the sky in 10,500 B.C.

Is this just a coincidence or is there more to it. The temple acts as a giant calender with coded images on the temple walls and statues in the compounds with precessional numbers hidden in the geometry of the temple as well as in the statues.


Here I am also incuding the famous software SkyGlobe which is so frequently used by astronomers and archaeologists for research work. With it's help you can see the exact pattern of the sky over any part of the earth for any given time and date. And the best part is that SkyGlobe is a freeware.

There is also a great software called Stellarium which is platform-independent and has 3D images. And it is FREE. Follow the link if you are interested :
Vista users please use skyglobe using the bundled software DosBox else the software will not work.

If you need any help just use PM.

Constellation Draco during a precessional cycle

For more information on precession of the equinox and ancient time-keeping you can visit the following sites :



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