After sunset on June 18, 1178, 5 English monks watched part of the moon burst into flames.

The English monk and chronicler ‘Gervase of Canterbury’ reported that they were looking at a new crescent moon when all of a sudden the upper part split into two.

Fire and smoke spewed up from the explosion and the moon began to throb and pulsate due to the sudden trauma.

According to one astronomer, the monks were in the right place at the right time, to witness the creation of the lunar crater ‘Giodarno Bruno‘.

He believes this explosion was the result of a meteor shower. however, many argue that this couldn’t be the case as there are no historical records that this meteor shower had ever taken place.

Did the monks actually witness a meteor impact on the moon?

An alternative theory suggests that what the 5 monks may have actually seen was the explosion of a meteor passing in front of the moon.

The Giodarno crater was actually named after Italian philosopher, priest and cosmologist Giodarno Bruno, who was later burned at the stake for heresy in 1600. Many see Bruno as perhaps the first scientific martyr to die in the name of science.

Kyle Thompson – Soul Reaper Paranormal