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The Oldest Depiction of a Supernova Is Discov

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The Oldest Depiction of a Supernova Is Discovered in an Ancient Rock Painting, Scientists Claim

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Scientists in India have discovered rock art that appears to depict a supernova and the surrounding stars, buried inside the wall of an ancient dwelling place. Thought to date from 3,600 BC, the carving would be the oldest-known depiction of such a cosmic event.

The drawing shows what at first glance appears to be hunters and animals beneath a sky with not one but two bright sun-like objects, reports Quartz. Because the sun and the full moon never appear that close together in the sky, astrophysicist Mayank Vahia and his team at Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Fundamental Research have introduced a theory that it must have been a supernova, a star exploding some hundreds or thousands of light years away.

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/astrophysicist-claims-indian-rock-art-oldest-depiction-supernova-1194044

 

 

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zep73

We imagine ancient cavemen to have drawn all those cave paintings all around the world. But what if they were made by cavechildren?
That would explain how primitive they look.

- Dad, can we go hunting with you?
- No, go make some drawings!

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Rlyeh

What does he mean by the sun and moon never appear that close together in the sky?

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bison

It could be that a supernova is depicted, whether or not the other figures in the drawing actually represent certain constellations. There are some problems, though.  If the constellations are truly represented, then the Sun must be shown about 35 degrees North of the ecliptic. Since the ecliptic plane  is defined  by a straight line between the Sun and the Earth, the Sun should appear on that plane, not well North of it.

Then too, we have the statement that the Sun and Moon never appear in the same part of the sky. Hmm... Actually they do. That happens each time there's a solar eclipse. 

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Waspie_Dwarf
2 minutes ago, Rlyeh said:

What does he mean by the sun and moon never appear that close together in the sky?

That's not what he said, he said:

1 hour ago, macqdor said:

Because the sun and the full moon never appear that close together in the sky,

 

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Waspie_Dwarf
1 minute ago, bison said:

Then too, we have the statement that the Sun and Moon never appear in the same part of the sky. Hmm... Actually they do. That happens each time there's a solar eclipse. 

Read my post above.

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