Two suns? No, it’s a supernova drawn 6,000 years ago, say scientists

Indian researchers say carves found in Kashmir may be the oldest depiction of a succumbing superstar ever discovered

For decades, stone carvings unearthed in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir were thought to depict a hunting scene. But the presence of two celestial objects in the depicts has piqued the interest of a group of Indian astronomers.

They have proposed another theory. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of History of Science, the Kashmir rock depicts may be the oldest depiction of a supernova, the final explosion of a dying starring, ever discovered.

Archaeologists procured the carvings nearly half a century ago in Kashmir’s Burzahama site, where the oldest settlements have been dated to about 4,300 BC. It proved two hunters, a bull, and two beaming disks in the sky initially speculated to be two suns.

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Photograph of the carving( left) and sketch( right ). Photograph: Vahia/ Tata Reseach Institute

That explanation did not satisfy Mayank Vahia and a squad of astrophysicists in India and Germany.” Our first argument was, there cannot be two suns ,” Vahia said.” We thought it must have been an object that appeared and attracted “members attention” of the artists .”

Stars that die in astonishing explosions called supernovas release signals that emanate throughout the universe for thousands of years, letting astronomers to trace their timing and coordinates.

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