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Computer Generated ‘Earth, Venus and Jupiter as Seen From Mars’ Image Again Circulating

by Brett M. Christensen

An image that supposedly depicts Earth, Venus, and Jupiter in alignment as seen from the surface of Mars is once again circulating via social media.

The image first began circulating almost a decade ago. Some of the descriptions that accompany the image suggest that it is a photograph actually taken from the Martian surface.

However, these claims are false. Astronomer Phil Plait analysed the image in an August 2012 Discovery Magazine article and concluded that it was most likely a “rendered view from Mars using planetarium software”. Whatever its exact origin, the image is certainly not a real photograph taken from Mars.

Phil Plait notes in the article:

Mind you, the picture itself isn’t a hoax! It’s just a computer generated image probably meant to represent a real scene. But it got spread around the net, and before you know it people think it’s real.

Why is the image circulating again after all these years?

It has apparently been thrown into the mix after NASA’s Perseverance Rover landed on Mars on February 18, 2021, and began beaming back amazing high-definition images from the surface of the red planet.

Not surprisingly, the Perseverance pics quickly went viral on the interwebs. And the old Earth, Jupiter and Venus image came along for the ride.

The circulating image:

Fake Mars Picture

On Twitter:

Mars Skyline Image on Twitter



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