By Shawn Rice
As the solar eclipse occurred on Aug. 21, 2017, does an image show sunlight forming the shape of a cross? The simple answer is no that there is no truth to an image of an alleged cross forming during the August 2017 eclipse. Rather, this image is not a genuine photograph, according to Snopes.
Thousands of scientists, space enthusiasts and sun worshipers flocked to cities and towns along the path of the total solar eclipse that streaked across the United States. The eclipse began Monday in the Northwest, starting in Oregon and charting a path of totality through Wyoming, Idaho, Nebraska, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina. A partial eclipse could be seen throughout the rest of the
As the moon traveled in front of the sun on Aug. 21, 2017, users flooded social media with some truly beautiful photographs but also fake photographs of the celestial event. One popular image allegedly showed rays of lights forming a cross during the eclipse (as seen below).
Best photo so far… Not sure anyone can top this one
Here is an example of someone sharing the fake image on social media and another’s reaction.
— The Trend Setter (@Ugaman01) August 22, 2017
Can we agree that eclipse/Jesus’ cross photo is a photoshopped load of bullshit? Seriously ppl, the eclipse doesn’t look like that.
— Jamie Bax (@jmeville) August 22, 2017
However, the above image is a digital fake. Dan Asmussen, who posted the image, made no mention of religion, did not mention a “cross,” did not include any scripture quotes, and did not describe the eclipse as God’s work. Nonetheless, the image was also incorporated into a vaguely religious and obviously fake images showing the eclipse over the Egyptian pyramids.
ObsidianDigital, a member of the online gallery DeviantArt, created in 2011 the image that Asmussen eventually posted. Obsidian Digital used the software After Effects to create the image. The original image had a different orientation but was flipped vertically to more closely resemble a cross.
What did you think of the fake image showing a cross forming during the solar eclipse? Did you believe it or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
Photo Credits: Snopes
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