Does the video show a giant moon blocking the sun over the Arctic?
A video showing a gigantic moon rolling across the arctic sky and briefly blocking the sun has gone viral, with many claiming it is real. The moon in the video is very large and appears to be extremely close to the earth, moving at an unusually fast speed across the sky.
The video went viral around the same time that many people in parts of the world saw the first total lunar eclipse in over two years. At the same time, on May 26, 2021, the world has met a Super Flower Blood Moon.
A “blood moon” occurs when the moon takes on a red tint when it aligns with the sun and the earth and goes completely into the earth’s shadow. The moon is also at its the closest point in its orbit towards the earth, making it appear larger and brighter than normal, which earned it the title of “super”. The first full moon in May also bears the title “moon flower”.
But the video in question seemed to defy any scientific explanation. A number of people shared the video with the same message attached, claiming that it took place “between Russia and Canada in the Arctic”.
Imagine sitting there during the day (between Russia and Canada in the Arctic) when the moon appears in this large size for 30 seconds and blocks the sun for 5 seconds and then disappears… Glory to God’s own creation . pic.twitter.com/vw6CunJZTe
– Mike Sonko (@MikeSonko) May 26, 2021
Imagine yourself sitting in this place
during the day (between Russia
and Canada in the Arctic).
The moon appears at this size
then disappears in about
30 seconds and blocks the sun
for five seconds…. on the way!
Glory to Almighty God!# LunarEclipse2021 #Lunar eclipse pic.twitter.com/voH7B2btCj
– Arun Deshpande (@ ArunDeshpande20) May 26, 2021
Some red flags that told us this video is a fake: First, there is no moon reflection in the lake below. Also, according to Nasa, the closest the moon can approach to earth is an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometers), and realistically at that time, the moon only appears slightly larger than it normally does.
The video gives the impression that the moon is rolling abnormally close to the earth, without the photographer zooming in, this is how most photographs or videos of this nature are taken.
The creator of this video appears to be TikTok user @aleksey__nz, whose account features CGI (computer generated imagery) celestial bodies placed on terrestrial scenes. A video even shows an exploding moon.
The user seems to be experimenting with CGI animation and creating some fantastic scenarios, and the video above is one of those scenarios.
Since video is clearly a creative exercise in CGI, we rate this statement as “False”.