Scientists have discovered that a visible red dwarf star passed within one light year of our sun 70 000 years ago – potentially shearing a piece of the Oort cloud off the outer solar system and creating a perturbation of v shaped orbits out of dislodged asteroid matter.
The research team figured this out by deducing the “Scholz Star” trajectory backwards in time and confirming this position with the abundance of readings from a region of the sky in front of the Gemini constellation, right where the Scholz star and it’s brown star binary would’ve passed through during the “Old Stone Age” of humankind given it’s present position and momentum.
By measuring the radiant velocity of dislodged asteroid matter in front of the Gemini Constellation astronomers from Madrid and Cambridge university have also identified 8 potential interstellar asteroids similiar to Ouhamaa
The upper paleolithic age is pre-historic, shrouded in mythology. Perhaps the story of magnificent red light in the sky made it’s way around an ancient camp-fire somewhere alone the line, eventually transforming in to folks tale.
If we’ve learnt anything from how our ancestors observe natural phenomena it is certainly true that celestial motions were often immortalised as an epic drama of gods and goddesses dancing back and forth between the stellar forement of our night sky.
Furthermore it appears they do so in a rather predictable motion, which is why some of the oldest archaeological sites in the world are aligned to very specific constellations. When you wind back the clock of celestial procession we find this to be case for example with the Giza Pyramid and the Orion constellation..
In fact some of our oldest civilisations had the most intimate understanding of astronomy which is a peculiar. Some people have proposed that it is the result of humanity being much older then we think. Indeed many recent archaeological discoveries lead credence to this claim as well.
Our sense of navigation, time-keeping and agriculture rely on an intimate understanding of where the stars and planets are supposed to be and when so just as the sky played a religious role it also played a very practical one. Therefor when such an unexpected visitor like the Scholz star was seen, if it was seen, which is very likely it was probably noticed as something incredibly unique.
What we know for sure is that archaeologists have been pushing back the timeline of civilisation for over a decade now, especially in the south western hemisphere. Furthermore research is now converging on a more complex understanding of meteorology and how weather transforms societies over time – either creating certain opportunities for a civilisation or potentially even ending them entirely.