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Mosque mural depicts first Indian record of supernova event

With the help of a mural at the Mosque of Madani in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, researchers claim to have found the “first firm record” of a supernova event which occurred in the Indian subcontinent centuries ago.

Researchers from the Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) and the University of Kashmir said the mural, depicted on a door-arch in the mosque, shows the supernova as a dragon-head on the tail of the Sagittarius constellation.

A supernova is a celestial event which happens when massive stars exhaust their nuclear fuel and explode in spectacular fashion.

Visible from the Earth

The explosion would be visible from the Earth for several days, even during the daytime if that star happens to be in our part of the Milky Way galaxy.— PTI

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