mysterious disappearance 900 years ago finally gets an explanation
“On the fifth night in the month of May appeared the moon shining bright in the evening, and afterwards by little and little its light diminished,” the unnamed scribe wrote in the Anglo Saxon manuscript known as the Peterborough Chronicle. “As soon as night came, it was so completely extinguished withal, that neither light, nor orb, nor anything at all of it was seen. And so it continued nearly until day, and then appeared shining full and bright.”Clouds weren’t the problem; if they were, the scribe would not go on to describe how bright and twinkling the stars appeared while the moon faded from view. Nor was the moon being eclipsed by Earth’s shadow if it was, the skywatcher would have seen the orb become a coppery “blood moon,” not an eerie blank spot in the sky.Related: Amazing photo reveals a lunar eclipse like you’ve never seen beforeSo, what made the moon disappear in an already dismal year? According to a study published April 21 in the journal Scientific Reports, the explanation for both the moon’s mysterious vanishing act and the rain ravaged summer that followed may be one and the same volcanoes. 1110.Those volcanic events, which the researchers call a “forgotten cluster” of eruptions because they were sparsely documented by historians at the time, may have released towering clouds of ash that traveled far around the world for years on end. 1108, could be to blame, the team said.Hunting for the ‘forgotten’For evidence of these “forgotten” eruptions, the researchers looked at ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica long tubes of ancient ice that can reveal what the global climate looked like at the time, as well as what sorts of particles were floating around in the atmosphere. 1110, suggesting that the stratosphere was sprinkled with fumes from a recent eruption.The team found further evidence of volcanic activity in tree rings dating from the same period. The rings, which change thickness in response to climate patterns, revealed that 1109 was an unusually cold, wet year in Western Europe a climatic “anomaly” comparable to the effects of several other major volcanic eruptions from history, the researchers said. The team also tracked down 13 narrative accounts of adverse weather, crop failure and famine from that time period, further supporting the theory that a series of eruptions had slammed Europe’s climate.”The sources of these eruptions remain unknown,” the team wrote, “yet one eruption with a historical date in this period is that of Mount Asama in Japan.”According to a diary the team examined, written by a Japanese statesman between 1062 and 1141, the eruption of Mount Asama in central Japan began in late August 1108 and lasted until October of that year.This eruption, which the statesman described as throwing fire into the sky and rendering nearby fields unfit for cultivation, could have plausibly contributed to the sulfate spike in the Greenland ice core and polluted the sky with enough aerosols to induce the eclipse two years later, the team wrote. (Another unknown eruption, located somewhere in the southern hemisphere and also dating to 1108, likely contributed to the sulfates in the Antarctic ice core, the researchers added.)While this explanation relies on a lot of “indirect” evidence, the researchers said, it still provides the best solution yet for the case of the disappearing moon.Photos: Fiery Lava from Kilauea Volcano Erupts on Hawaii’s Big IslandIn Photos: Aftermath of Iceland Volcano FloodsWow! Wild Volcanoes in PicturesOriginally published on Live Science.Yahoo NewsBlack Republican prosecutor appointed to racially charged Ahmaud Arbery caseOn Monday, Cobb County District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes, a black woman, was appointed as the fourth prosecutor in the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year old black man gunned down in February by two white men while on a jog in Brunswick, Ga. 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