Naught in the Dark

Reports that NASA confirmed the Earth will experience 15 straight days of darkness in November are fake news.

Claim: NASA confirmed the Earth will experience 15 straight days of darkness in November


Example: [Collected via Twitter, July 2015]

Origin:On 14 July 2015, the web site Newswatch33 published an article titled "NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 15 Days of Complete Darkness in November 2015," reporting that:

NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15 and November 29, 2015. The event, according to NASA, hasn't occurred in over 1 Million years.

Astronomers from NASA have indicated that the world will remain in complete darkness starting on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3 a.m. and will end on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 4:15 p.m. According to officials, the "November Black Out" event will be caused by another astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter.

Charles Bolden, who was appointed to head of NASA by President Obama, issued a 1000 page document explaining the event to the White House.

While Charles Bolden is a real NASA official, the Newswatch33 web site was not a legitimate news outlet. Newswatch33 was a fake news site began darkening the doorstep of social media networks shortly after the nearly identical NewsWatch28 fake news site shut down in mid-2015. Moreover, the "15 days of darkness" yarn was lifted from an older (debunked) viral rumor that has been around the online block several times before.

In October 2015, the fake news web site Huzlers published a similar article titled "NASA Confirms Earth Will Experience 6 Days of Total Darkness in December 2015!" which essentially repackaged the original fabrication.

Last updated: 21 October 2016

Originally published: 22 July 2015

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