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 Earthfiles.com 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.
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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.