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http://goodnews.ws/ NASA data, simulations used to connect Egyptian obelisk, Augustus' 'Altar of Peace'. An Indiana University archaeo-informaticist has used virtual simulations to flip the calendar back thousands of years and show for the first time the historical significance of the unique alignment of the sun with two monuments tied to the founder of the Roman Empire.For nearly a half-century, scholars had associated the relationship between the Ara Pacis, the "Altar of Peace" dedicated in 9 BC to then-emperor Augustus, and the Obelisk of Montecitorio -- a 71-foot-high granite obelisk Augustus brought to Rome from Egypt -- with Augustus' Sept. 23 birthday.Prevailing research had found that on this day, the shadow of the obelisk -- serving as the pointer, or gnomon, of a giant sundial on the plaza floor -- would point toward the middle of the Ara Pacis, which the Roman Senate had commissioned to recognize the peace brought to the Roman Empire through Augustus' military victories.Over his nearly 40 years of teaching Roman topography classes, IU Bloomington School of Informatics and Computing professor Bernie Frischer had always informed students of that prevailing theory, but today in an announcement made at the Vatican's Pontifical Archaeological Academy in Rome, Frischer provided another explanation for the original placement of the two landmarks that were both parallel and adjacent to what was at the time the major road, the Via Flaminia, leading from Rome over the Apennine Mountains to the coast of the Adriatic Sea."What's important is not the shadow of the obelisk, but the sun's disk seen over the center of the top of the obelisk from a position on the Via Flaminia in front of the Ara Pacis," Frischer said. New computer simulations now show that German scholar Edmund Buchner's longstanding theory that the shadow of the obelisk hit the center of the facade of the Ara Pacis was wrong.GPS coordinates, known dimensions and additional bibliographical sources...