Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'Moon At The Border Of Russia And Canada At The North Pole'-- It's Computer-Generated Art

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Show 'Moon At The Border Of Russia And Canada At The North Pole'-- It's Computer-Generated Art CGI Video

Does this video show the moon eclipsing the sun over the North Pole at "the border of Russia and Canada"? No, that's not true: A NASA spokesperson told Lead Stories that this video "isn't showing a real phenomenon." This footage is from a computer-generated image (CGI) video created by a Ukrainian digital artist.

The claim appeared in a tweet (archived here) on April 26, 2022. It features a 36-second video of a moon eclipsing a sun over what appears to be a grassy field with the caption:

This is the moon at the border of Russia & Canada at the North Pole. It takes about 30 seconds from rising to setting, then blocking the sun for 5 seconds, and then immediately setting..If there would be no Internet, maybe we would never see this natural wonder in our entire life

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Apr 29 00:01:48 2022 UTC)

The 36-second video is not actual footage of the moon eclipsing the sun at the North Pole or from an outdoor vantage point. It is computer-generated footage from the perspective of an unrealistic angle with unrealistic timing.

In an April 28, 2022, email, Allard Beutel, a news chief in NASA's Office of Communications, told Lead Stories:

The video isn't showing a real phenomenon.

The video seen in this post is titled "Supermoon" and was created by Aleksey Patrev, a digital artist based in Ukraine known for creating CGI videos. Patrev gave this video the fake description of a "30-second lunar flyby between Russia and Canada." It was published on YouTube by Patrev on June 2, 2021.

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