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Was 774AD Red Crucifix a Supernova?

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Red Crucifix sighting in 774 may have been supernova

A supernova may have actually been the mysterious "Red Crucifix" in the sky that is cited in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles for the year 774. New correspondence between a university student and Nature carries interesting observations that astronomers could be looking at a previously unrecognized supernova. Historical texts like the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle have made reference to astronomical events before and a sighting in 774 told of a red crucifix in the sky in Britain during evening hours. Some say the sighting could have been what was the result of a supernova explosion.

The student making the discovery, Jonathon Allen, a biochemistry major at the University of California, Santa Cruz, simply went to the Internet looking for answers after listening to a Nature podcast about a team of researchers in Japan who found an odd spike in carbon-14 levels in tree rings. Earth is believed to have been hit by a mystery blast of cosmic rays, and a relic of the powerful event was found in the Japanese cedar trees. An analysis of two such ancient trees found a surge in carbon-14, a carbon isotope that derives from cosmic radiation.

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i wonder what wonderful serpents were seen?

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another mystery solved :D but wont this be conflicting with the anglo saxons cuz they would be claiming tat the "red crucifix" was a sign from jesus

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imagine how creepy that would be. especially back then.

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another mystery solved :D but wont this be conflicting with the anglo saxons cuz they would be claiming tat the "red crucifix" was a sign from jesus

Some, but at that time, 774, there was still a lot if not a majority of pagans living in What is now England at that time.

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Some, but at that time, 774, there was still a lot if not a majority of pagans living in What is now England at that time.

Sorry StoneSmasher, I'm no historian but my understanding is that England was mostly Christian by 774, the last part of England to be converted, Sussex, had become Christian in around 680. Paganism survived in secret for maybe another century.

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