Supernova remnant PKS 1209-52 are captured by the Russian-German Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma mission. Photo: A. Merloni, C. Maitra, M. Ramos (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
Supernova remnant PKS 1209-52 are captured by the Russian-German Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma mission. Photo: A. Merloni, C. Maitra, M. Ramos (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
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Chinese historian dates exploded supernova to time of legendary Emperor Yao as told in ancient annals

  • Human supernova observation could be thousands of years older than thought after analysis of remnants identified as PKS 1209-52
  • ‘If we could find more evidence to confirm this event, it is also going to make the early part of Chinese history more convincing’, historian says

Supernova remnant PKS 1209-52 are captured by the Russian-German Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma mission. Photo: A. Merloni, C. Maitra, M. Ramos (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
Supernova remnant PKS 1209-52 are captured by the Russian-German Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma mission. Photo: A. Merloni, C. Maitra, M. Ramos (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
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