Beam me up: Mayan pyramid photo is demystified

Mayan Light Beam Photo: Message from Gods, or iPhone Glitch?

When Hector Siliezar visited the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza with his wife and kids in 2009, he snapped three iPhone photos of El Castillo, a pyramid that once served as a sacred temple to the Mayan god Kukulkan. A thunderstorm was brewing near the temple, and Siliezar was trying to capture lightning crackling dramatically over the ruins.

In the first two images, dark clouds loom above the pyramid, but nothing is amiss. However, in the third photo, a powerful beam of light appears to shoot up from the pyramid toward the heavens, and a thunderbolt flashes in the background.

Siliezar, who recently shared his photographs with occult investigators, told that he and his family didn’t see the light beam in person; it appeared only on camera.

The photo has surfaced on several Mayan doomsday discussion forums.

Photo: Hector Siliezar

Tip: @RustyBertrand on Twitter

We had a lovely email a few weeks ago from a reader who asked us to “debunk this crap”. Since it wasn’t in the news at the time, we passed on linking to just conspiracy and really off beat web sites. But, here it is. Thank you Carolyn for alerting us to the news on the way!

But, this looks like it can be explained…

Jonathon Hill, a research technician and mission planner at the Mars Space Flight Facility at Arizona State University says:

…the “light beam” in the Mayan temple photo is a classic case of … an artifact — a distortion in an image that arises from the way cameras bounce around incoming light.

However, it’s a guarantee that the explanation will not convince those who wish to believe it is paranormal. All we can do is offer the information. Should you chose to accept it, though it makes a heck of a lot more sense, is not our business. See you in 2013.

  2 comments for “Beam me up: Mayan pyramid photo is demystified

  1. Daran
    March 2, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I can`t see that being an “artifact” or something paranormal.
    Most likely caused somehow by the enourmous amount of static electricity in the atmosphere at the time

  2. Massachusetts
    March 3, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I’m glad you got this in. I tried to e-mail too you but it bounced. 🙁 I’m not sure what went wrong.

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