Photo of the Solar Eclipse Over the South Pacific Ocean Is A Digital Fake

By Erica Abbott

An image purportedly showing the solar eclipse over the south Pacific Ocean is a digitally-manipulated fake. The photo is actually a digital composite of an eclipse and a sunset—both of which are completely unrelated to Monday’s once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse.

According to Snopes, the Photoshopped image has been circulating social media since at least 2016 and emerged once again in the wake of the Great American Eclipse that took place on Aug. 21. It was often shared with the claim that it was taken during the 2016 solar eclipse that could be seen over Indonesia or that it was taken somewhere over the south Pacific Ocean. The photo, however, is not genuine.

The literally too-good-to-be-true photo used two other images to create one breathtaking scene. The photo of the sunset was taken by photographer Art Lewis in 2009 while the photo of the eclipse first appeared online several years ago. A tell-tale sign that the image is not real is that the eclipse appears in front of the clouds, despite the fact that, in reality, both the sun and the moon wouldn’t be anywhere close to the clouds. Additionally, if the moon was blocking the sun, it’s unlikely that the sunset would be reflected in the water.

While the photo of the eclipse over the ocean is fake, there was a solar eclipse in 2016. In an image shared by NASA, the solar eclipse could be seen over the south Pacific Ocean via satellite. “During the afternoon of March 9, 2016, a total solar eclipse was visible in parts of southeast Asia and a partial eclipse was visible in parts of Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, and America Samoa,” they reported last year. Another photo of the 2016 solar eclipse was captured in Indonesia. The sun is only partially covered during this annual celestial event, unlike this year’s rare total solar eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Over the South Pacific Ocean via NASA https://t.co/3xUcY7crE5 pic.twitter.com/scABtKzpus

— Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) March 9, 2016

Here are some examples of people sharing the fake photo on social media:

Social Media Shares Fake Photo of Solar Eclipse over the South Pacific Ocean

Wow, just wow; from Nasa… pic.twitter.com/Oe3WmWChlr

— PeterMurtagh (@PeterMurtagh) August 22, 2017

Stunning eclipse in Indonesia pic.twitter.com/t5dbZKf73Z

— Our Planet Earth (@wxwows) June 15, 2017

Eclipse 2017 South Pacific pic.twitter.com/LbT3yYreCt

— ron willis (@southsider4) August 22, 2017

A rare beautiful moment of the eclipse captured over the South Pacific ocean. 2016. pic.twitter.com/nOgJHIROvF

— Gautam Trivedi (@Gotham3) March 27, 2016

South Pacific eclipse captured over the ocean. 2016 pic.twitter.com/r24DQ2bYcB

— Cumali (@CUMALi_YILDIZ) March 24, 2017

Have you seen the fake photo of the solar eclipse over the south Pacific Ocean circulating social media? What’s your favorite image of the celestial event? Sound off in the comments section below!

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