FACT CHECK: Image Shows Art, Not Recent Solar Eclipse From Space

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on social media purportedly shows an image of the recent solar eclipse from space.

Verdict: False

The claim is inaccurate. The image is not a real photo from space, and has circulated online since 2009.

Fact Check:

SpaceX launched a Space Force weather satellite, Space Flight Now reported. The satellite launch is part of a replacement program for old satellites that were launched in the 60s.

A post shared on Facebook claimed to show a photo of the solar eclipse from outer space. The image shows the sun blocked by moon, above the Earth.

The caption reads, “Total Solar Eclipse as seen from space.”

The claim is inaccurate. The image originates from an artist named Ryuunosuke Takeshige’s social media account. This image was posted on this website in 2014 on Artstation, a platform of artists. Reuters reports that the artist claimed the image was first created in 2009.

Takeshige’s Twitter account identifies him as an artist. The account bio reads, “Freelance astronomy specialist science illustrator, Illustration production for press releases and academic papers. If you have any questions.” Several other illustrations are available on the Twitter account. (RELATED: Does Video Show Explosion At Francis Scott Key Bridge?)

This is not the first time misinformation has been shared online. Check Your Fact debunked a claim a video showed a Ukrainian jet being shot down.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter