the year 536 AD, a mysterious event plunged the world into
darkness for a year and a half.
Constantinople writers of
the time described the sun as dimmed and blotted out, causing crop
failures, famine, and social upheaval across the globe.
Recent research suggests that a massive volcanic eruption, or series
of simultaneous eruptions may have caused the catastrophic event,
which created a volcanic winter and drastically changed the Earth's
The event is suggested to
everything from the collapse of empires to the
However, the source of the eruption remains unknown,
leaving scientists to unravel the mystery of one of the
most significant environmental events in human history.