Amenhotep initially introduced Atenism in the fifth year of his reign (1348/1346 BC), raising Aten to the status of supreme god, after having initially permitted continued worship of the traditional gods.

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Then, Amenhotep IV officially changed his name to Akhenaten (Spirit of the Aten) as evidence of his new worship.

The date given for the event has been estimated to fall around January 2 of that year.

In the seventh year of his reign (1346/1344 BC), the capital was moved from Thebes to Akhetaten, but construction of the city seems to have continued for two more years.

In shifting his court from the traditional ceremonial centres, he was signalling a dramatic transformation in the focus of religious and political power.

Between 12 and 1 o'clock, when the display was at its full brilliancy, the quiet streets of the city resting under this strange light, presented a beautiful as well as singular appearance. Ice cores containing thin nitrate-rich layers have been analysed to reconstruct a history of past solar storms predating reliable observations.

In June 2013, a joint venture from researchers at Lloyd's of London and Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER) in the United States used data from the Carrington Event to estimate the current cost of a similar event to the U. It is claimed that data from Greenland ice cores show evidence of individual solar-proton events, including the Carrington event.During the reign of Thutmosis IV, it was identified as a distinct solar god, and his son Amenhotep III established and promoted a separate cult for the Aten.There is no evidence that Amenhotep III neglected the other gods or attempted to promote the Aten as an exclusive deity.In the 14th century BC, Atenism was Egypt's state religion for around 20 years, before subsequent rulers returned to the traditional gods and the Pharaohs associated with Atenism were erased from Egyptian records.It was a relatively obscure sun god; without the Atenist period, it would barely have figured in Egyptian history.Carrington (1826–1875) and Richard Hodgson (1804–1872). Studies have shown that a solar storm of this magnitude occurring today would likely cause more widespread problems for a modern and technology-dependent society.