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Rock-painting (petroglyphs) of the 1054 supernova

Rock-painting (petroglyphs) of the 1054 supernova

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FRANK ZULLO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY FRANK ZULLO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Supernova petroglyph. Native American rock art or petroglyphs of an exploding star or supernova (at lower left) and a crescent moon (at lower right). The hand print (at upper right) is the signature of the artist. It is thought that such petroglyphs were used to record events in tribal or clan history, or were made at religious sites. A supernova occurs when a large star runs out of fuel and explodes. On Earth it appears as a sudden brightening of a star which then slowly fades. The supernova shown here occurred in the year 1054; its remains are visible today as the Crab Nebula. Photograph of Anasazi Indian artwork at Penasco Blanco in New Mexico, USA.

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