From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Here we are, being kept apart by Dad (Shu), while Ra rides up the sunrise (Nut's legs) in his boat with Ma'at and Pekhty; they're headed up toward Atum, who's reaching up to grab him at sunset. Horus the Elder and Horus the Younger are hanging out in the sky with Shu, too! See those two hawks? [Detail from a papyrus image of Geb and Nut and Ra's divine boat from the Third Intermediate Period (ca. 500 BCE). Line drawing reproduced in The Gods of the Egyptians by E. A. Wallis Budge, 1904.] Public domain.