NASA Confirms 15 Days of Darkness in November 2015-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
NASA has confirmed that the earth will experience 15 days of total darkness in a “black out” event that will span from November 15-30.
A fake news website is behind the false report that the earth would experience 15 days of total darkness in November 2015.
News Watch 33 falsely reported that the head of NASA has released a 1000-page document to explain the blackout event:
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.
News Watch 33 is one of many fake news websites that have been designed to look like local news affiliates. But the website’s community of writers submits its stories, and none of them are fact-checked.
The “days of darkness” hoax isn’t even an original one. A different version of the same rumor went viral in October 2014. The only difference was that the earlier version said NASA had confirmed that there would be six days of total darkness in December 2014.
David Morrison, an astrobiology senior scientist with NASA, called the rumor “a really dumb lie”:
…Claiming that we will have three days of darkness without indicating how (will the Sun just turn off?) is pretty silly. Only one of the dozens of people who have written to me indicated any source for these remarkable claims, and that one source was an obviously tongue-in-cheek website that made no pretense to be reporting the truth.
Morrison added that whenever you read about out-of-this-world claims that sound suspicious, it’s a good idea to search NASA’s website to confirm them.