“NASA 15 Days of Darkness” Hoax Returns

Outline:
Report circulating via social media claims that NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 15 days of darkness in November, 2016.




Brief Analysis:
The claims in the report are utter nonsense.  NASA has certainly not confirmed any such event. In fact, the report is just the latest version of a silly hoax that has been published over and over again in various guises since at least 2012. From time to time, another spammy, clickbait website will publish a new version of the hoax in a rather lame effort to attract more visitors.

Example:
NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 15 Days Of Darkness In November 2016

We have come across many reports regarding earth and its changes in recent times and not many materialize. However, this time NASA has confirmed that earth will experience total darkness for 15 days in November 2016 starting from November 15 to November 29.According to NASA this phenomenon was in the pipeline for a long period and the astronomers from NASA have informed that the world will experience a strange event from November 15 at 3:00 am and it is likely to continue until November 30, 4:45 pm.

NASA 15 Days Of Darkness Hoax 2016





Detailed Analysis:
According to a “news” report that is currently travelling the interwebz via social media shares, the Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness in November 2016. Supposedly, Charles Bolden, head of NASA, has provided the White House with a 1000 page document detailing the event. The report claims that the coming blackout is due to “an astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter” and will take place between November 15 at 3:00 am and  November 30 at 4:45 pm.

Not surprisingly, the claims in the report are fanciful nonsense. Of course, no such blackout is set to occur and the supposed event has certainly not been confirmed by NASA.

In fact, the story is just the latest version of a long line of very similar “days of darkness” hoaxes that go back to at least 2012. The number of days of darkness has varied in different incarnations of the hoaxes as has the dates during which the event was supposed to occur. It hardly needs to be said that, despite all of the previous predictions, no such darkness event has ever taken place. Nor will it in November 2016 as predicted in this latest version.

After the 2012 version of the hoax went viral, NASA published the following note dismissing the “total blackout” claims:

Q: Is NASA predicting a “total blackout” of Earth on Dec. 23 to Dec. 25?

A: Absolutely not. Neither NASA nor any other scientific organization is predicting such a blackout. The false reports on this issue claim that some sort of “alignment of the Universe” will cause a blackout. There is no such alignment (see next question). Some versions of this rumor cite an emergency preparedness message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. This is simply a message encouraging people to be prepared for emergencies, recorded as part of a wider government preparedness campaign. It never mentions a blackout.

From time to time, another clickbait fake-news website will resurrect this tired old hoax and launch it anew in an effort to gain more site visitors and trick them into further promoting the site’s bogus material via shares and likes.




Last updated: October 20, 2016
First published: October 20, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Beyond 2012: Why the World Didn’t End
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