During the early morning on Saturday, October 27, in the city of Guiyang in China’s Guizhou Province, many people witnessed a rare phenomenon: It appeared as though there were two suns in the sky. Local netizens posted a series of photos of the two suns on social media and invited comments. These photos were taken around 7:15 a.m. and the sight lasted for about 3 minutes.
The event was a rare atmospheric optical phenomenon called a “sun dog,” which occurs when the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals causes a bright spot to appear close to the sun. However, according to the diviners of the imperial court in ancient China, this event forebode good fortune or a bad omen depending on the specific situation and can serve as either a reminder or a warning to those in power.
The astrological records of the Book of Jin referred to a similar event: “In the first Lunar month in A.D. 314, there were three suns moving from west to the east. The three suns had white halos shooting upwards to the sky with sunlight of a reddish color on the left and right side of the suns.”
According to the ancient text, the white halos indicate military chaos: “Three suns appearing side-by-side foretells that in less than three months, the warlords will be fighting to claim the empire.” The prediction came true and in the third Lunar month, Wu of Jiangdong declared himself to be the Emperor while the other warlords declared the same of themselves.
Translated by Chua BC