Oldest Supernovae Recorded by Mankind!!

Oldest Recorded Supernova

One fine day some 2000 years ago, the Chinese astronomers noted a mysterious object in the sky which stayed there visible with naked eyes for 8 months and they called it the Guest Star. Now we believe that it was the first-ever Supernovae Observation Recorded by mankind. A supernova is basically the end phase of a dying massive star which explodes thereby expelling most of it’s mass and creating shock waves. These shock waves form delicate structures mostly in the form of spherical shells which expands with time. This particular picture is a multi-wavelength view of the remnants of that Supernovae as seen by different telescopes at various wavelengths. Approximately 8,000 light-years away is this Supernovae Remnant called as RCW 86 or SN 185 (documented in the year 185 AD).


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Residing in the Solar System (Milky Way), lost in the beauty of Nature and the vastness of Universe, I am just another Earthling trying to make sense of life!
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