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Video Posts With Claims Of A Gigantic Moon Appearing Between Russia And Canada In Arctic Are False

Videos of a gigantic moon blocking the sun and then disappearing have been widely circulated on social media in the past week. 

“In between Russia and Canada in Arctic..moon becomes big and disappear in 30 secs and blocking sun for 5 mins,” reads a user’s claim shared with the big moon video. 

Claim_Gigantic moon appearing between Russia and Canada
Claim_Gigantic moon appearing between Russia and Canada
Video with Claim_Gigantic moon appearing between Russia and Canada

Another Twitter user’s caption reads, “Coolest thing you will ever see.Imagine sitting in this place during the day (in between Russia and Canada in Artic) when the moon appears in this big size for 30 seconds and after blocking the sun for 5 seconds, disappears. Amazing”

Several other users have shared this claim with the video in the past week on Twitter

Newschecker received multiple claims to verify this claim. 

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Fact Check / Verification

Between 25-27 May (spanning an international date line), parts of the Earth witnessed two celestial events—a supermoon and a total lunar eclipse. “A supermoon occurs when a full or new moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the Earth. The moon’s orbit around Earth is not perfectly circular. This means the moon’s distance from Earth varies as it goes around the planet,” explains Mint. 

A total lunar eclipse takes place when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocks the sun’s rays from directly reaching the satellite, reads an Indian Express article on the 26 May super blood moon. 

Twitter account HoaxEye found that the video in the claim was created by artist Aleksey___nx, who uploaded the same on TikTok. 

We found that this CGI moon video was posted by Aleksey on Tik Tok on 17 May. 

Tik Tok post showing CGI created gigantic moon appearing
Tik Tok post showing CGI created gigantic moon appearing

Aleksey’s Tik Tok posts show that other such videos have also been created and uploaded. 

Tik Tok posts showing CGI created celestial events
Tik Tok posts showing CGI created celestial events

As per Aleksey’s Instagram, the user is a computer animation artist. The user shared the same CGI video on their Twitter account on 30 May. 

Actual images of the celestial events from last week can be viewed here

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Conclusion

Social media posts claiming a video of a gigantic moon blocking the sun and then disappearing in 30 seconds was shot between Russia and Canada in the Arctic are false. The video was created by a CGI artist. 

Result: False 

Our Sources

Hoax Eye: https://twitter.com/hoaxeye/status/1397575049662582788

CGI artist Aleksey: https://www.instagram.com/aleksey__n/

CGI artist Aleksey: https://twitter.com/AlekseyN11/status/1398970648698003461

Mint: https://www.livemint.com/science/news/lunar-eclipse-2021-rare-super-blood-moon-to-be-seen-on-26-may-11621840646420.html

Indian Express: https://indianexpress.com/article/technology/science/lunar-eclipse-2021-important-facts-about-this-total-lunar-eclipse-7329369/


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Nikita Vashisth
Nikita is a writer and editor for English fact-checking. She also leads projects to understand the misinformation and fake-news ecosystem—with an emphasis on data and psychology. Previously, she has worked with IndiaSpend, CNN-News18 and written for Citizen Matters and Mongabay-India on the environment, health, and politics. She’s a postgraduate of the Computational Journalism program at Cardiff University, Wales.

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