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HOAX — ‘NASA Confirms 6 Days of Total Darkness’

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

A circulating report claims that NASA has confirmed that Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between June 30 and July 6, 2015 due to a solar storm.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are fanciful nonsense. NASA certainly has not confirmed the supposed 6 days of darkness. No such event will occur. The story is perpetrated via various fake-news ‘satirical’ websites including The Racket Report and Huzlers. An earlier version claimed that the blackout was to occur in December 2014, an event that, quite obviously, did not happen.

Examples

NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days Of Total Darkness July 2015

NASA put out an alert last week confirming that the world will experience total darkness between June 30 – July 6, 2015

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NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December 2014!

WORLDWIDE – NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 6 days of almost complete darkness and will happen from the dates Tuesday the 16 – Monday the 22 in December. The world will remain, during these three days, without sunlight due to a solar storm, which will cause dust and space debris to become plentiful and thus, block 90% sunlight.

NASA Days of Darkness Hoax Post 2

 

Detailed Analysis

According to a ‘news’ report that is being distributed via social media, the Earth will experience 6 days of total darkness between June 30 and July 6 2015 due to a solar storm. Supposedly, NASA chief Charles Bolden confirmed the event and has asked people to remain calm.

The report includes a video featuring Charles Bolden.

However, not surprisingly, the report is fiction. NASA has not announced any impending blackout. No such event is set to occur in June, July, or any other month.

One version of the hoax story came courtesy of a fake-news website The Racket Report. The site apparently fancies itself as satirical and includes the following disclaimer buried in a hidden ‘About Us” page:

The Racket Report is a news web publication with news articles, inspired by real news events. The articles and stories may or may not use real names, always a semi real and/or mostly, or substantially, fictitious ways. A few articles are for entertainment purposes only. The purpose of said stories is to entertain and amuse and not to disparage any persons, institutions, in anyway and no malice is intended towards anyone or anything, nor should any be construed from the fictional stories. That means some stories on this website are fictitious. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental or is intended purely as a spoof of such person and is not intended to communicate any true or factual information about that person.

Thus, Readers should not believe any of the reports published on the site.

An earlier version of the same story, published by the notorious fake-news website Huzlers.com, claimed that the 6 days of darkness was to occur in December 2014. Quite obviously, that event did not take place. It appears that the fake-news pranksters have decided to recycle the story with more current dates.

In the video included in the current version, Charles Bolden does talk about family preparedness in emergencies but makes no mention of planetary blackouts whatsoever. The video can be viewed in its original context on the NASA website.

Moreover, the fake-news reports are not even original. They are lifted from even earlier hoaxes that claimed that Earth was to experience three days of darkness.

The original version, which claimed that the three-day blackout was to occur in December 2012, suggested that the planet would shift to another dimension during the days of darkness. Another ‘three-day blackout’ version was built on the original but moved the ‘action’ to 21, 22 and 23 December 2014 and also blamed a solar storm.

All versions of this silly hoax falsely claim the event was confirmed by NASA.

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