It is claimed that the photograph of the solar eclipse was taken in the space

CLAIM / Photograph: The photograph of solar eclipse from the space.


On the social media and news websites like T24, Med News Agency, the photograph is claimed as the photograph of the solar eclipse on 21 August 2017 taken in the space.

However, this claim does not represent truth. The photograph does not belong to the solar eclipse on 21 August. It is a digital artwork added to DeviantArt which is a website of designers in 2009 by A4size-ska. Under this artwork, it is stated that the Milky Way Panorama on the background of the photograph is taken from the website of European Southern Observatory.

This magnificent 360-degree panoramic image, covering the entire southern and northern celestial sphere, reveals the cosmic landscape that surrounds our tiny blue planet. This gorgeous starscape serves as the first of three extremely high-resolution images featured in the GigaGalaxy Zoom project, launched by ESO within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). The plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, which we see edge-on from our perspective on Earth, cuts a luminous swath across the image. The projection used in GigaGalaxy Zoom place the viewer in front of our Galaxy with the Galactic Plane running horizontally through the image — almost as if we were looking at the Milky Way from the outside. From this vantage point, the general components of our spiral galaxy come clearly into view, including its disc, marbled with both dark and glowing nebulae, which harbors bright, young stars, as well as the Galaxy’s central bulge and its satellite galaxies. As filming extended over several months, objects from the Solar System came and went through the star fields, with bright planets such as Venus and Jupiter. For copyright reasons, we cannot provide here the full 800-million-pixel original image, which can be requested from Serge Brunier. The high-resolution image provided here contains 18 million pixels.

This photograph has been shared in different dates and different space occasions since 2012.

This claim of the photograph was also falsified by Snopes and The Telegraph before.

In the website of NASA, the real photographs of the solar eclipse on 21 August 2017 is available.


Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Translation: Gizem Dikmen