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Faux Image – Double Sunset on Mars

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Circulating image is claimed to depict two suns setting over the Martian horizon as taken from the Curiosity Rover.

Brief Analysis

The image is faked. It was digitally created by combining components from two separate images. The source picture does indeed show a sunset on Mars. However, the double sun was taken from a scene in the movie Star Wars.

Examples

Hoax Picture - Double Sunset on Mars

 

Detailed Analysis

The above image is currently circulating via social media sites and the blogging community, often with a description claiming that it depicts a double sunset taken by the Curiosity Rover from the surface of Mars.

Some versions suggest that the picture shows moons rather than suns. None of the posts provide a satisfactory explanation as to why there would be two suns (or moons) setting over Mars, although some have suggested that the shot is a result of a camera lens anomaly.
However, the image is fake and does not really show two suns (or moons) from Mars. The image is a result of some clever digital tomfoolery by which the two suns have been added to an original photograph.

The source image (shown below) does depict a sunset from Mars. However, it was not taken by the Curiosity Rover. In fact, the photograph of Mars was taken from the Spirit Rover in May 2005.

NASA Mars Photograph

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Texas A&M/Cornell

The two suns were lifted from the following iconic scene from the movie Star Wars:

Star Wars Two Suns Scene 1

A version of the picture that places the two images together is also circulating:

Star Wars Two Suns Scene 2

Thus, it is clear that the prankster has removed the real sun from the original Spirit Rover picture and added in the two alternative “suns” by lifting them from the Star Wars still.  

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

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Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer