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Fake Video Of The Moon Over The North Pole Has A Lot Of People Fooled

James Felton

James Felton

Senior Staff Writer

clockApr 27 2022, 17:30 UTC
The Moon as seen from everywhere on Earth

The Moon as seen from everywhere on Earth. Image credit: Paitoon Pornsuksomboon/shutterstock.com

A fake video claiming to capture the Moon crossing over the North Pole has an awful lot of people fooled. 

"The moon is in the North Pole, where the day lasts 24 hours and the moon appears in only 30 seconds completely and blocks the sun for only 5 seconds and then disappears, a breathtaking view," Twitter user "Ollie and Dave" wrote above the video.

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Though clearly intended as a joke, people have taken the fake video of the Moon over the North Pole with deadly seriousness. Many users appear to think it is genuine – with 59,000 retweets at the time of writing – and those that played along have received a thorough (and thoroughly unnecessary) fact-checking. 

"People saying this is fake are just not well traveled," user Burner replied, clearly in jest. "I’ve been there. Well not that exact spot, I was actually closer to the horizon, just on the spot where you can briefly touch the moon as it passes. There is no full eclipse at this point so hard to say which view is better."

Jokes of this sort were not taken as humorous however and received many, many replies informing them that the Moon does not work that way.

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The Moon, of course, looks pretty much the same from everywhere on Earth. We say pretty much the same, as depending on the hemisphere you are in, you will, of course, see it from different angles.

The Moon, from different angles but notably the same size. Image credit: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio.

"Everyone sees the same phases of the Moon," NASA Science explains "People north and south of the equator do see the Moon’s current phase from different angles, though. If you traveled to the other hemisphere, the Moon would be in the same phase as it is at home, but it would appear upside down compared to what you're used to.

"For example, on March 8, 2021, the Moon was in a waning crescent phase. Seen from the Northern Hemisphere, the waning crescent appeared on the left side of the Moon. Seen from the Southern Hemisphere, the crescent appeared on the right."


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