This whole ‘Heaven’s Trail’ thing seemed sketchy to me, so…

I took to The Google to get more information, assuming that an interesting phenomenon like this would be well-documented and discussed (and there would be an explanation for why it occurred every two years approximately on the solstice, instead of annually). 

First red flag was that almost all the search results were for Tumblr/Pinterest reposts of the original. 

Second was this discussion on Quite Interesting, in which a user points out that: 

There is indeed a place in Ireland, named bru na bainne (the abode of the Milky Way, modern name Newgrange), although it looks nothing like the picture shown above, and the alignment is with a certain star group, (modern name Orion), the Lord of the Northern Winter, and not with our galaxy’s edge. 

The place in the picture would have to be close to the Equator for the galaxy to appear vertical on the dates given, just before the summer solstice. Orion is Lord of the Summer, south of the equator. 

This led me deeper into the rabbit hole; Brú na Bóinne (correct spelling) does indeed exist and it does have a very different appearance than that shown in the photograph, along with a winter solstice alignment. 

I pinged an astronomer friend to factcheck the rest of this, but he wasn’t around, sadly. 

That said, I feel pretty comfortable calling utter bullshit on this.

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  5. sweetlittlebarracuda reblogged this from timetoturnonthelight and added:
    Just wanted to reblog this (even if it’s months old) and say that yeah, the story is fake (a place in Ireland added...
  6. pinklingo reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    people believe from unrealible posts...tumblr. Just take 5 seconds to google search that...
  7. justforjack reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    oh no. sad.
  8. trilliansthoughts reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    alas it would appear that it’s not.
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  10. cravingchocolate reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    still want to go to Ireland nonetheless.
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  13. lissatsm reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    too couldn’t find anything when I googled.
  14. timetoturnonthelight reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    For those of you reblogging the ‘Heaven’s Trail’ photo. Yes, it looks really cool, but unfortunately it’s fake.
  15. duckgirlie reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    Yeah, Newgrange is awesome. An old burial ground in Meath that’s designed so that at sunrise on the solstice, the light...
  16. lagdguadiogh reblogged this from se-smith and added:
    found this on that picture i reblogged earlier. :|
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