By Shawn Rice
NASA confirming that the Earth will experience 15 straight days of darkness in June 2017 is an update version of an old hoax. There is no truth to reports that NASA, which is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research, is expecting Earth to experience 15 straight days of darkness in June 2017. Where did this hoax originate?
Back in July 2015, the fake news web site Newswatch33 published an article titled “NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 15 Days of Complete Darkness in November 2015,” reporting that:
NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015. The event, according to NASA, hasn’t occurred in over 1 Million years.
Astronomers from NASA have indicated that the world will remain in complete darkness starting on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 a.m. and will end on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. According to officials, the “November Black Out” event will be caused by another astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter.
Charles Bolden, who was appointed to head of NASA by President Obama, issued a 1000 page document explaining the event to the White House.
However, according to Snopes, this piece of fake news was actually lifted from an older and debunked viral rumor that had already been circulated online several times before and has long since become an “evergreen” online hoax. There is no truth that the report from dubious web sites that there will be an alleged “period of darkness.”
While Charles Bolden is a real NASA official, he issued no report or announcement about “15 days of darkness.” Moreover, Newswatch33 web site was not a legitimate news outlet, but a fake news site that began darkening the doorstep of social media networks shortly after the nearly identical NewsWatch28 fake news site shut down in mid-2015.
Here are some examples of people sharing and discussing the hoax on social media.
@NASA I saw an article saying we’re to have 2 weeks of darkness in November, due to some planetary event. Can’t find any other proof, false?
— Michael Natzke (@teamnatzke) https://t.co/GG5LP8EwTO
Well looks like Jesus is coming back sooner than I thought. Between the politics, weather, and now this. https://t.co/GG5LP8EwTO
— Ashleigh Ricciarelli (@MrsVTInternat15) June 1, 2017
NASA CONFIRMS EARTH WILL EXPERIENCE 15 DAYS OF DARKNESS IN NOVEMBER 2017
There have been many… June 1, 2017
— Natasha Benua (@NatashaBenua) June 1, 2017
Now here is an interesting piece. Earth’s gonna be in total darkness for 15 days in November. https://t.co/Zd7d8Oj3gX
— Santtu ‘MFG’ Pesonen (@TheMFG38) June 1, 2017
I just saw BREAKING:NASA Confirms Earth Will Face 15 Days Of Total Darkness In June 2017 – Click to see also ☛ https://t.co/x2bKe1QBa9
— Deplorable Karen (@karen58Romans) May 12, 2017
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