The skies over China, Japan and Korea were turned into an unnatural eerie red on 10th September, 1770 and that red auroras lingered for eight more nights. Nearly after three centuries, the mysterious event had been lost to the history.
But, recently a team of researchers studying the palace diaries and many other historical documents obtained from East Asia has rediscover this weird phenomenon and has presented a more similar cause, as the monstrous magnetic, eerie storm, which rivaled the strongest one on the record and named it as The Carrington Event of 1859.
A historian, Hisashi Hayakawa, who is an astronomer at Osaka University in Japan, with his teammates, investigated the historical records from the 18th century found in China, Japan and Korea I order to rediscover this enigmatic event, waiting for the indications of auroras.
The team also observed the sunspot drawings that date back to the same era by Johann Caspar Staudacher, an amateur German astronomer from Nuremberg, as well as records gained from the mission by Captain James Cook on HMS Endeavour.
Hisashi Hayakawa said in statement that, “Considering this event was so large, it would be reasonable to find more events not only in East Asia but also in other low-latitude areas. The events in 1770 lasted much longer. We believe we need to expect even more economic and social impacts for this kind of extreme and long-lasting magnetic storm. We have already found another 1770-class event.”