– In the year 774 A.D, people witnessed something strange in the skies over Britain.
An old English text reveals a “red crucifix” was visible in the sky when Mercians were fighting men from Kent. At the time, people could only explain this extraordinary event as a sign of God.
What makes the incident very interesting is that modern scientists confirmed a mysterious spike in carbon-14 levels in that year’s growth rings in Japanese cedar trees.
The mystery deepens as there are no ancient astronomical records describing this very unusual event. So, we are dealing with a true cosmic mystery that scientists are still trying to solve. Did extraterrestrials visit us in the year 774 A.D.? Did our ancestors witness a previously unrecognized supernova explosion or was this peculiar event a result of extraordinary auroras or gigantic solar flares?
It has been confirmed that between AD 774 and AD 775, our planet was hit by an extremely intense burst of high-energy radiation of unknown origin. What caused the radiation?
In 2012, Japanese scientists from the University of Nagasaki conducted a study of samples taken from the stems of local cedars and that’s when they discovered something very strange.
They detected mysterious radiation burst when looking at the amounts of the radioactive isotope carbon-14 in tree rings that formed during the AD 775 growing season in the Northern Hemisphere.
The increase in 14C levels is so clear that the scientists, led by Fusa Miyake, a cosmic-ray physicist from Nagoya University in Japan, conclude that the atmospheric level of 14C must have jumped by 1.2% over the course of no longer than a year, about 20 times more than the normal rate of variation.
According to Daniel Baker, a space physicist at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics in Boulder, Colorado, some very energetic event occurred in about 775 AD. Cosmic rays normally account for the steady production of carbon-14 in our atmosphere.
From the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle at the Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, we learn that something puzzling happened in 774 A.D.
Interestingly, during the Saxon siege of Sigiburg Castle, in 775 A.D., Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great (742 – 814) was said to have seen two shields red with flame wheeling over the church. This odd event clearly visible in the skies over the Church confused and frightened the Saxon who fled terrified back to their camps.
What did Charlemagne, his army and the Saxons witness? In those days, the event was explained as a miracle, but can this puzzling incident be explained in more scientific terms?
Scientists cannot give a definite answer explaining what our ancestors witnessed in the sky all those years ago. What caused the increased radiation has not been determined, but there are of course theories.
One theory proposed by John Jeremiah, as far back as 1870 was that the event was an early description of the Northern Lights. Another possible explanation could be an ice-crystal display. According to Donald Olson, a physicist at Texas State University in San Marcosthe “red crucifix” could have been formed by sunset light illuminating high-altitude ice particles in both vertical and horizontal bands of light.
A third option is that the event was a previously unrecognized supernova. A massive supernova, for example, should have been bright enough to produce a ‘new’ star visible even in the daytime, as was the case for two known supernovae in AD 1006 and AD 1054. Such an explosion would have needed to be brighter than either of these, Fusa Miyake says, because those events were not large enough to leave traces in the 14C record.
During the Carrington event, the biggest recorded solar storm in Earth’s history that occurred in 1859, skies all over the Earth were covered with green, red and purple auroras so extremely brilliant that their light could brighten any text in a newspaper or a book and make them readable as in daylight. Perhaps our ancestors witnessed a giant solar storm?
Those who believe in ancient extraterrestrial visitations have suggested ancient people witnessed Star Wars in the Middle Ages.
Whatever the truth may be, we must confess we do not know the nature of the “red crucifix” or the “two shields red with flame” witnessed by ancient people. What happened in the skies in the year 774 A.D. still remains an unsolved cosmic mystery, but most researchers think the sighting was caused by a supernova.
Written by Ellen Lloyd – MessageToEagle.com
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