Fake Supermoon Live Video Fools 16 Million Viewers

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Fake Supermoon Live Video Fools 16 Million Viewers PHOTOGRAPH: NASA |

January 31, 2018 was special for people around the world as they watch one historical event: the SUPER BLUE BLOOD MOON. The celestial event was the third in a series of supermoons when the moon is closer to Earth and was bigger and appeared to be brighter than other supermoons. The cosmic phenomenon was also the second full moon of the month or what was popularly known as a blue moon. And if being a super blue moon was not enough, the moon passed through Earth’s shadow and paved the way for a total lunar eclipse. All these celestial treats happened in one night.

Gordon Johnston, program executive and lunar blogger at NASA headquarters in Washington, said that if one missed the super blue blood moon last January 31, he already missed the chance entirely. The next lunar eclipse will be in 2019 but it will no longer be a blue moon, Johnston explained.

And when is the next blue blood moon? It will happen after another decade, on December 31, 2028 to be exact, SPACE said.

So, it was really unfortunate for the 16 million viewers who watch a Facebook Live video of a supposed supermoon over Greece.

As the world was transfixed to the mystical supermoon on January 31, 16 million people searched for “supermoon” on Facebook. The first video result that met them was a moon over the Temple of Poseidon in the south Greece. The view was astounding as the people could very well hear the gush of the winds from the video and it has a current timestamp.

CNN reported that the video merely showed a still picture of the moon taken nine years ago by amateur photographer Chris Kotsiopoulous. The photographer told CNN he was unaware that his photo was used in such abhorring manner.

The fake video was uploaded by a Facebook page EBUZZ. Facebook already removed the video as of Wednesday for violating policies. CNN, however, pointed out that the social media giant was not able to detect the video before it fooled 16 million viewers in spite of the company’s active campaigns against fake news.

If it there is any consolation, these 16 million viewers found an ally with Count David Kipping which argued that the celestial occurrence on January 31 was actually no biggie. In fact, the scientist was somewhat annoyed about the hype.

In the below video, he argued that the word “super” should be reserved to truly relevant cosmic event like the supernovas. Also, the “blood” moon was no other than a regular moon with a dash of reddish color.