Mythical Viking Sunstone Is Real

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

How were the Vikings such remarkable mariners? Scientists have found their answer buried deep in a 16th century shipwreck.

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“Not just the stuff of legend: Famed Viking ‘sunstone’ did exist, believe scientists”

“For centuries, it has been a crystal of legend locked in the verses of Norse myth with little or no evidence that it was ever real.”

“Shipwreck may contain near-mythical Viking navigation aid”

“An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.”

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38 comments

Ekado Fearnario September 11, 2013 - 1:28 PM

2:18 For all y'alls enjoyment.

Carl Enerz September 17, 2013 - 9:42 PM

NO SWEDEN SWEDEN SWEDEN! VIKINGS ARE FROM SWEDEN!!!

Carl Enerz September 19, 2013 - 1:46 AM

LOL

Bidmartinlo November 3, 2013 - 8:00 PM

I probably have viking ancestors… so… WORSHIP ME YOU LESSER MORTALS! WORSHIP ME!!!

SuperGvarr December 12, 2013 - 3:32 AM

my family comes from Harald Hårfagre, the guy that first gatherd Norway as one contry. that is fucking cool!

Jim Ferdinando December 25, 2013 - 10:47 PM

A serpent that keeps the world in check… WTF R U TALKING ABOUT ! Jörmungandr ! How does he keep the world in "check" ?

weepingangelkid December 27, 2013 - 6:38 AM

my school mascot is a viking

weepingangelkid December 27, 2013 - 6:41 AM

2:18    "god birds are creepy"

theEccentrician January 12, 2014 - 4:24 AM

educated guess here, no research done so far, I'm guessing the property here is birefringence.  Perhaps some experimentation with other stones that possess birefringence is in order to help determine if this can be done with other stones.

Fabian Gurrola February 5, 2014 - 10:32 PM

Umm, maybe you make an illustrated diagram to show how it works instead of just using your hands… Just saying.

John Friesen February 6, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Thanks for all the "Gee Whiz!" And for trying to make old news sound new. Prrrrp!

Lirk February 10, 2014 - 10:53 PM

My family comes from vikings who went to Faroe Islands and then much much later came back to the mainland :3 it's kinda cool to know :3 (and guys… i bet they fucking used a Solsten)

Stoyan Zhelyazkov February 26, 2014 - 9:36 PM

All the auctions on ebay for Iceland Spar seem suspicious. How can one obtain such a stone?

glow262 March 22, 2014 - 3:59 AM

Viking magic = science

i love science

JohnyYumaTheRebel March 28, 2014 - 6:20 AM

the l o

XWX05 April 7, 2014 - 8:07 PM

I NEED A VIDEO EXAMPLE! COME ON GUYS!!!!

1337N00bpwn3rHax April 23, 2014 - 10:05 PM

dude keep the beard, it rocks!

Dante Wynter April 25, 2014 - 2:40 AM

contrary to popular beliefs, our ancestors where not complete idiots.

saskATVguy April 27, 2014 - 7:02 AM

My ancestors were vikings one of them discovered the bearing strait

Fredrik Carlén May 25, 2014 - 2:44 AM

swedish vikings executed people by cutting out their heart slowly when they were still alive.

cupjay August 6, 2014 - 11:30 PM

first time visitor, brought here by today's @scienceporn tweet:
https://twitter.com/SciencePorn/status/497068849653886977 
just say'n the obvious:  our host should give a demonstration of sunstone dots, or the claim's not credible.

Bruce Smyth August 6, 2014 - 11:32 PM

Seen as how you're all about science and stuff, don't you think your rotating earth in the logo should reflect the 23.5 deg tilt? Just saying.

Barend Houtsmuller August 8, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Nice to know. But why not showing the sun-stone, of they found it?!

Felipe Lorenzo August 18, 2014 - 12:04 PM

does it work on Gloom?

Ethan Philpot December 11, 2014 - 5:46 AM

Holy shit it's so weird seeing him clean shaven

Erik Arhold December 27, 2014 - 5:01 AM

See, Vikings were awesome.

I King January 5, 2015 - 2:24 AM

Cool. Now ill always have the sun in my pocket.

Emilie Luffkin January 16, 2015 - 9:48 AM

Proud to have viking ancestors! :D

I King February 8, 2015 - 5:13 PM

This is very useful, Thanks Earth man For Reminding Me Of My Past.

Travis-2313 June 7, 2016 - 2:47 AM

Wow…this is just another drop in the already full bucket of evidence that the Earth is not a Globe. But the NASTards aren't gonna get it anyways..so whatever

Matt Grillz February 7, 2018 - 6:57 PM

In the right conditions, you can see these rings without help from a stone. (Obviously can tell where north is)

Raj Gill April 6, 2018 - 2:36 AM

This needs more view

lars kristensen May 3, 2018 - 7:33 PM

actually your partially right..
there is a wood halfdisc that is used along with it.
with that they could use it like a sekstant . http://prntscr.com/jd7xjf the oldschool navigation at sea.
then they could use the disk sideways to make course adjustments and stay in a straight line..
its basically just a sekstant with night vision..

Wavecurve December 25, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Your presentation would have been effective with more illustration to accompany your description.

Steinþór Bjarni Grímsson April 5, 2019 - 10:06 AM

Norse sagas – Slip of the tongue? We refer to it as The Icelandic Sagas as it was written by Icelanders in Iceland, even though some of them were of Norwegian descent.

minus9us January 3, 2020 - 1:23 PM

wtf i have 2 of them and they are huge

wood March 8, 2020 - 12:23 PM

Viking did alot great thing than christianity at medieval age

IRI Gm March 13, 2021 - 5:34 PM

The minerals Viking used was not island spar it was "iolite" called in gemology. It has ability of pleochroism changing color looking at it from different direction due this ability of pleochroism they were able to find out the direction of sun.