REAL OR FAKE: NASA confirms 15 days of complete Darkness in November, 2015
FACT CHECK: Has NASA confirmed that there will be 15 straight days of darkness in November 2015?
Claim: NASA confirmed there will be 15 straight days of darkness in November 2015.
Examples: [Collected via Twitter, July 2015]
Nasa confirmed 15 days of darkness in November 2015
— K/RIM (@KarimBenchibaC) July 22, 2015Oh boy, this IS REAL, scary and this will surely be entertaining. Good luck Earth…. http://t.co/4LYAmZ9f43
— Timm McCoy™ (@timmmccoy) July 22, 2015NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 15 Days Of Complete Darkness in November 2015 https://t.co/rfnz8byZW7
— NewsWatch33 (@NewsWatch33) July 22, 2015
Origins: On 14 July 2015, the web site Newswatch33 published an article titled “NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 15 Days of Complete Darkness in November 2015,” claiming:
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.
While Charles Bolden is a real NASA official, the Newswatch33 web site is not a legitimate news outlet. Newswatch33 is a fake news site began darkening the doorstep of social media networks shortly after the nearly identical NewsWatch28 fake news site shut down in mid-2015. Moreover, the “15 days of darkness” yarn was lifted from an older (debunked) viral rumor that has been around the online block several times before.
Newswatch33 has hoaxed social media users a number of times since its inception, falsely claiming that supporters raised $4 million for the defense of Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof, that a girl was electrocuted by her iPhone’s earbuds, that Jay-Z and Beyonce purchased the rights to the Confederate flag, and that the federal government had impregnated inexpensive cigars with listening devices.