Trisanku Swarga and Alpha Centauri | Unruled Notebook
I have been thinking about Viswamitra and Trisanku.. from an astronomical perspective and I found this interpretation replete with photographs and references.. you may find it interesting….
“Trisanku Svarga in the sky is identified by Indian Astronomers [1, 2] with the constellation Centaurus; andtrisanku is probably Alpha-Ccentauri or Rigel Kent, a triple star system in this constellation. The other star in this triplet is the Proxima-Centauri, the closest star to Earth next to our Sun. Closest as in about 4.3 light years close.”
“Sage Viswamitra is credited as one of the earliest Indian astronomers . He is credited with for cataloging the nakshatras (means stars, but sometimes constellations) visible in the Southern sky. Viswamitra is also identified by Indian Astronomers with the Southern Cross or the Crux, another prominent constellation in the southern sky.”
“Interestingly, the next set of nearest stars to Earth after the Proxima-Centauri, (Sirius etc.) are at least twice the distance of Proxima-Centauri away from Earth. Yes, there is an exception in Barnard’s Star, which is the next nearest to Earth after the centauri triplet. But it is not visible to the naked eye.� This observation allows an interpretation that trisanku or Alpha-Centauri triplet is ‘midway’ to Earth and the ‘rest of the skies’, a literal meaning for ‘trisanku swarga‘ to be hung in the middle. Because it is possible to know from naked eye-sightings (without telescopes etc.)� to decipher which star is closer to Earth, as a reasonable guess. Viswamitra, the astronomer, could have done it.”
“Centaurus houses other interesting astronomical phenomena unraveled by modern astronomy: Centaurus – A is an active galaxy that feeds a black hole Centaurus contains ω Centauri (NGC 5139), the brightest globular cluster (To the naked eye it is a diffuse star of 3.6th magnitude) and largest of its kind in the Milky Way. Centaurus contains the Largest known�diamond to man (named Lucy – as in Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds).”