By Erica Abbott
An image purportedly showing the total solar eclipse as seen from space is a digital fake. The photo of the once-in-a-lifetime celestial event is actually a piece of digital artwork that was created well before Monday’s Great American Eclipse.
According to Snopes, the image was originally created by DeviantArt user A4size-ska in 2009. Titled “Eclipse,” the digitally-manipulated photo was viewed over 320,000 times and favorited by more than 7,800 times. It was widely circulated in mid-2012 as the partial “ring of fire” solar eclipse made its way from California to Texas and again in 2017 with claims that it was taken from the International Space Station. The photo, however, is not real—it is simply a work of digital art.
Solar eclipse at the International Space Station. pic.twitter.com/1wJ9opKqVV
— Nature Photography (@NaturePH0T0S) August 11, 2017
Monday’s total solar eclipse was visible on the path of totality from Oregon to South Carolina. The rare astronomical phenomenon traveled from coast-to-coast for the first time in 99 years. While the aforementioned photo was nothing more than a work of digital art, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center did, in fact, post real photos of the eclipse from Earth and space.
The rare cosmic spectacle, according to NASA, will one day no longer exist. “That’s because the moon is, on average, slowly receding from Earth at a rate of about 1-1/2 inches, or 4 centimeters, per year,” they report. “Once the moon moves far enough away, its apparent size in the sky will be too small to cover the sun completely.” Lunar scientist Richard Vondrak from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center said, “About 600 million years from now, Earth will experience the beauty and drama of a total solar eclipse for the last time.”
— NASA Goddard Images (@NASAGoddardPix) August 21, 2017
America’s next solar eclipse will be visible in 2024.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake photo on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Photo of Solar Eclipse As Seen from Space
— Tanner Pfaff (@Tanner_Pfaff) August 21, 2017
Nasa wins with the eclipse pics pic.twitter.com/9Ugibz5IRJ
— Dallas Fuck Boy (@Miggi_DoubleM) August 22, 2017
— Scott McDonald (@ScottinVictoria) August 22, 2017
— James Elam (@elamforhouse) August 21, 2017
— Bliss 104.3 (@RadioBlissJo) August 22, 2017
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