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Mysterious ancient Rock Art found in India shows oldest Supernova observed in history on humans

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In an astonishing discovery, scientists claim to have found the oldest human record of supernova carved on a stone. The stunning find comes from India where researchers have spotted markings on 5,000 years old rock unearthed in Burzahama region in Kashmir, that shows two bright objects in the sky and a hunting scene.

According to study authors, the rock dating back to 2100 BC was found in Kashmir, but no one recognised it’s importance and it was reused in the construction of another structure. However, Astrophysicist Mayank Vahia and his colleagues at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research noticed that the Burzahama might have a history as old as 4100 BC, therefore, the stone could have been over 5 thousand years old.

Vahia was amused by the two bright objects drawn on the stone. Earlier, researchers thought it to be just an imaginary scene or a picture drawn according to mythologies. Apparently, Vahia and his colleagues guessed it to be a supernova and along with sun in the strange picture where few peoples are hunting down a dear-like animal under two bright objects.

Earlier, scientists thought it to be Moon and Sun. The theory was negated as both the celestial bodies can’t get so close to each other as depicted in the picture. Also, the moon would appear very dim in the presence of the sun.

In order to find out the truth, Vahia and his team traced if any supernova occurred between 4100 BC to 2100 BC, and they were successful as a supernova HB9 had exploded around 3600 BC.

“We, therefore, investigate the possibility that the rock drawing is the record of the supernova HB9. We suggest that the partially drawn object is HB9 since it would be irregular and that the second bright object is Moon since the apparent magnitude of HB9 is closer to that of the Moon,” Vahia said in the study.

“We suggest that this is not a terrestrial hunting scene but is actually a sky-map giving the location of prominent constellations and the Moon on the day the supernova was first observed.”

The picture carved on the stone is not a hunting scene instead entities represent constellations. According to the study authors, hunters represent Orion, deer represents Taurus, man holding the spear belongs to Pisces and the other animal on the right may be Andromeda and Pegasus.

For readers those who don’t know, a supernova occurs in the last evolutionary stages of a massive star where the star explodes emitting a tremendous amount of light into the universe before meeting its death. Supernova is one of the most energetic and brightest events in the universe. Till date, scientists have discovered only three naked-eye supernovae in the Milky Way; although they have witnessed several others in distant galaxies through telescopes.

What’s striking is that people were able to identify the supernova nearly 5,000 years ago when they had very little knowledge about the stars, planets, and how celestial bodies function in the universe.

Vahia is confident enough to find more such stones from the region.

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      • LOL! please send me any information what MOM has collected from mars, u don’t do science for prestige to show it to world, u do science to benefit humanity! feed hungry and naked in india than spend billions on MOM like projects!

        • Dont seek information from us dear pakistani. You Seek aid from America, space information from India. Why dont you start sending any mission (other than terror mission) to other country or planet.

          As far as expenditure is concerned, dont worry about that. Firstly,our GDP is far more than you. Secondly, MOM was one of the cheapest mission which has amazed entire world

          • LOL! u indians are funny, u r used like coolies in lab of US and EU, MOM was just a show, and if cost is concerned ur labourers in ISRO were made to work overtime without payment, desh ke izzat, 1000 sal tak izzat hum ne lute hai tum logo ke, ur engineer in ISRO work on plastic slippers and on 15K per month, same job is paid 200K in US, standard of living, u maggot can live on dirt, have temples made of Gold, keep millions hungry and naked! Again show an results from MOM, it is orbiting only! LOL!!!!

          • It’s really astonishing to learn how much a pakistanis is brainwashed and lives in darkness. Let me tell you that the indians which you are talking about is not coolie. Top CEO of many big company like Google, Microsoft (Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella) has indian origin. Its useless to debate with you as your criteria might be different, your country produces CEO of terrorist organizations.

          • LOL! count 5 indians ans claim victory, u seem to br dumb head, there is saying that if office is stinking it is indian, u 3rd rate indians can built temples of Gold but will keep millions as beggars, read recent data, 350 million indians live like animals (UN report) but MOM is orbiting! Making few CEO doesn’t make some country progressive u stinking indians will always remain boot lickers!

          • Although i said its useless to debate with you considering the level of brainwash u have achieved. but this is my last try to enlighten you.
            Ask any Pakistanis in US,Europe,etc, they pretends to be an Indian not pakistani. This is level of respect we Indians have and hate you Pakistani possess. If you are really proud of your Pak identity, why you hide it? Hope that answers your confusion

          • U indians are blind and dumb headed, have least calibre and u fulfill that by spending 16 hrs in labs to complete and PI all over world give dirty work to indians like IT sector (labor force) and indian knows no life other than working like donkey, open ur eyes, wen British left india, india was 25 yr ahead of China, today u stand no where in science, education, economy, other than self praise learn to be self critical, ur failure as nation is seen in every UN report, buy arms and keep ppl hungry and naked. I have seen what level of respect u have, ppl run away from indians as they think most indians are sick and rapists! world calls u rape capital! when did I hide my identity, I am proud!

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