The claim: NASA confirmed Earth will go dark for six days in December 2020
An old hoax has resurfaced in a viral article that claims NASA recently announced Earth will go dark for six days in December.
An article titled "ALERT: NASA Confirms Earth Will Go Dark For 6 Days In December 2020" published by blog site Daily Buzz Live alleges that NASA warned the world would experience total darkness from Dec. 16-22.
"The world will remain dark for these 6 days, completely void of sunlight, due to a solar storm which will cause dust and space debris to block 90% of the sun," the article reads.
Included in the post is an emergency preparedness speech from "NASA Director Charles Bolden" encouraging people to prepare for any "attacks" that could take place.
USA TODAY reached out to the Daily Buzz Live for comment.
NASA never made statement
There have been no reports of six days of darkness and NASA confirmed that the article is a hoax.
NASA spokeswoman Tabatha Thompson told USA TODAY via email that the article is a hoax that has circulated off and on during the last decade.
"NASA has not issued any statement with that false claim," Thompson said.
The video included in the claim is authentic; however, Bolden resigned in January 2017 and is no longer the NASA administrator, according NASA's website. Jim Frederick Bridenstine is the current NASA administrator and was sworn in on April 23, 2018.
When the hoax went viral in 2012, NASA took to its site to denounce the claim and wrote: "Neither NASA nor any other scientific organization is predicting such a blackout. The false reports on this issue claim that some sort of 'alignment of the Universe' will cause a blackout. There is no such alignment."
NASA also notes that the video of Bolden is "simply a message encouraging people to be prepared for emergencies, recorded as part of a wider government preparedness campaign. It never mentions a blackout."
Our rating: False
The claim that NASA warned that the world will experience six days of darkness in December 2020 is FALSE. A NASA spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY that the story is a hoax that previously circulated online and has been debunked throughout the years.
Our fact-check sources:
Tabatha Thompson, email to USA TODAY
NASA.gov, Former Administrator Charles F. Bolden
NASA. gov, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine
NASA.gov, Dec. 22, 2012, Beyond 2012: Why the World Didn't End
Snopes, Aug. 12, 2012, 6 Days of Darkness in December 2020?
PolitiFact, June 14, 2017, It’s fake! NASA never said the Earth will go dark for 15 days in November 2017
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