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The evidence that Piasa is really the Super Nova of 1054

If you look into Cahokia at all, you find articles about the monster in Alton, Illinois. Here is a link to a visitor’s site that has what everyone else has as information.  Basically, natives shot at this painting and there is a long story about being carried away by big monsters. http://www.greatriverroad.com/Cities/Alton/PiasaBird.htm The locals painted a reproduction at a different location in Alton for tourists since the original location was mined for its limestone..

640px-Piasa-Bird-Alton-IL

Photo by Burfalcy from Wikipedia

Underwater Panther from the Missouri History Musum

Underwater Panther from the Missouri History Museum

I do think there is an earlier reference(Underwater Panther) to this from the Missouri History Museum and is not the same super nova but perhaps another constellation? There was also a Super Nova of 1006 and was more round and this reference is also backwards.

From the Missouri History Museum and referenced in this article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/cahokia/burmeister-photography

From the Missouri History Museum and referenced in this article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/01/cahokia/burmeister-photography

Above is a mask from Cahokia from the time of the Super Nova.

In the plate below, middle right, JC Wild had included a strong representation in his book from a time when the original Piasa was still around (1841-1842 and I have access to a better copy of this drawing)

The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated from 1841-42 plate

The Valley of the Mississippi Illustrated from 1841-42 plate

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Close up

And here is a really bad copy from the description of the plate above: 😀

From the book Records of Ancient Races 1887

From the book Records of Ancient Races 1887

Now let’s get to the Super Nova of 1054 (sn1054). The Crab Nebula is actually the remnant of Super Nova 1054 and is shown by NASA as this:

By NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) (HubbleSite: gallery, release.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University) (HubbleSite: gallery, release.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Chinese described this visiting star around that time and said it could cast a shadow at night and was around 1/3 the moon in size (if I remember the size precisely, I can’t find that note).

I believe they are all the same. I overlapped the outline of the JC Wild pic with this picture of the mask and the Crab Nebula and they were all perfect (the crab nebula needed a slight adjustment in width but the plate was hand drawn and the original painting was on a wall 150 ft high. I’ve redrawn the Super Nova as this:

My version of the Piasa called the Monster Nebula. Copyright 2015 MK Barr All Rights Reserved

My version of the Piasa called the Monster Nebula. Copyright 2015 MK Barr All Rights Reserved

This all got started when I read the book Cahokia by Timothy Pauketat and he referenced the Super Nova briefly. I’m 99.9% positive that the culture is based on the constellations but that’s for another post. Yes, I will have lots of evidence but of course, me being convinced is just the very beginning of the conversation.

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