News or Noise: Article claims 15 days of darkness coming in November

September 20, 2017 11:53 PM

In News or Noise, Jennifer Mobilia sorts through the crazy things that get posted on social media, and breaks down what's real and what's fake.

Do you have friends or family members stocking up on flashlights and batteries? People really are doing that and it's all because of a viral social media post warning of 15 days of darkness this November.

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But is it news or noise?

The story reads, "NASA has confirmed the Earth will experience 15 days of total darkness between November 15th and November 29th. The event, according to NASA, hasn't occurred in over one million years."

The post says the "November Black Out" will be caused by another astronomical event between Venus and Jupiter. We saw the excitement that came with this summer's solar eclipse, which put parts of the U.S. into complete darkness for a few minutes, but 15 days of darkness doesn't sound fun.

The report says Charles Bolden, who was appointed to head NASA by President Obama, issued a 1,000 page document explaining the event to the White House.

While Charles Bolden is a real NASA official, he issued no report about the "15 days of darkness." He actually resigned from NASA in January.

And if you think you've heard this story before, you likely have. The 15 days of darkness is a viral rumor that continues to resurfaces from time to time.

So while it's always a good idea to make sure you have flashlights and batteries in your house, don't go too crazy preparing for 15 days of darkness because this story is all noise.


Jennifer Mobilia

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