8 Solar Eclipse Photos: Are they fake or real?

Yesterday, an amazing phenomenon took place: a Total Solar Eclipse over the entirety of the United States. August 21, 2017, people gathered together across the country to watch the amazing spectacle (with eclipse glasses, of course). People brought out all their gear, and took some amazing photos.

But something is fishy. There are a number of photos circulating which are actually fake! Here is a list of photos that are fake, and photos that are real. 


Verdict: Fake

You have likely already seen this image. It has been widely shared, specifically by religious groups, because of its depiction of a cross shape. However, this is in fact a digital production using Adobe After Effects, as captioned by DeviantArt user ObsidianDigital,  who uploaded it in December 2011. In fact, the photo above has actually been rotated on its side to get the cross effect.


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Verdict: Real

This stunning photo was taken by Karl Shakur in Grand Teton National Park and uploaded to his instagram account.



Verdict: Fake

While this is a real eclipse photo, it is not from this most recent eclipse. This photo was taken in 2012 by Colleen Pinski. Colleen was over a mile away from the boy when she took the shot, which allowed for the illusion of the boy being so close to the eclipse.



Verdict: Real

This image, taken in Madras Oregon by Cameron DeSilva for ABC News, shows the "diamond ring effect." This effect happens just as the moon completes its perfect passing in front of the sun. 


Verdict: Fake

This image is in fact another artistic rendering, not a photo. It was created by DeviantArt user A4size-ska and uploaded in 2009. This image has been circulating since, under the false premise that it's a real eclipse photo. 


Verdict: Fake

While beautiful, this image is not real. It began with a real photograph of the sunset sky and reflection in the ocean (below), taken by Art Lewis. However an image of a solar eclipse was later photoshopped onto it, resulting in the above image.



Verdict: Real

Yes, this is in fact a real image. This NASA image of the moon transiting across the Sun was taken by by SDO in 171 angstrom extreme ultraviolet light on Aug. 21, 2017. 



Verdict: Real

This photo was taken by Paul Hawkwood in Corvallis, Oregon. This image shows the moment of the “diamond ring” effect and the corona from the sun.

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