Scientists find 5,000-year-old rock art in India that could be the oldest depiction of a supernova.
Photograph of stone carving from Burzahom. (IGCNA)
A team of astrophysicist made a fascinating discovery in the Kashmir region – an ancient painting showing two bright objects in the sky.
Scientists say this is likely what happened back in 3600 BC. Astrophysicist Mayank Vahia and his colleagues at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research believe a rock painting found in what is today part of the Kashmir region of South Asia is the oldest record of a supernova and likely the oldest sky chart ever drawn. The artwork shows two bright objects in the sky, with figures of animals and humans underneath. A study detailing the discovery has been published in the Indian Journal of History of Science. (Vahia also spoke about the discovery for the podcast The Intersection.)