Moon Orbit Hoax! The “Moonshine” Trickster world We Live In!

Reuters Fact Check

A video that social media users have claimed shows the moon eclipsing the sun at the North Pole has gone viral with 5 million views on Twitter alone. But the video is CGI and the scene it presents is not realistic.

The video, shared widely online, can be viewed ….(hereherehereherehere and here).

Many users appear to believe the video is genuine, posting comments such as: “Might be the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen” here and “WOW!!!! My gob is totally smacked!” here .

However, this video is an animation. It can be traced back to Ukrainian computer graphics (CG) artist Aleksey Patrev (here), who posted the clip (here). He consistently posts similar animations to his social media accounts (see and

The CGI video also depicts several physical improbabilities. Firstly, the landscape is dry grassland, rather than ice. There is no land in the North Pole. As The National Geographic says: “The North Pole is found in the Arctic Ocean, on constantly shifting pieces of sea ice.” A National Geographic map shows the intersecting regions of the Canadian and Russian North Pole – the alleged location of the video – and its distance from the nearest land mass of the countries (here).

The satellite videos and images of the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service also show there is no land in the North Pole (here).

Moreover, the moon is 238,855 miles – around 30 Earths – away from Earth ( It is highly unlikely that the moon would appear as large as it does in the clip. Nasa has, however, released an explainer on why the moon can sometimes appear large when it is rising or setting (here).

According to Live Science, a science news website (here), if the moon were to move closer to Earth, as it appears in the CGI video, the result would be catastrophic.

Firstly, the gravitational pull would increase, creating higher and lower tides and potentially wiping out islands and low-lying coastal areas. The sudden upsurge in gravity would also trigger earthquakes and increased volcanic eruptions. See here .


Miscaptioned. The video is not an authentic clip of the moon rising over the North Pole. It has been computer generated.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here .

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

“Fact Check-Viral video of the moon rising in the North Pole is computer generated”


A NOTE from The Editor, Thuppahi, 4 September 2022:

Before this Reuter’s warning reached me, two Sri Lankans, viz. Chandrasena Maliyadde in Colombo and Johnnny de silva in Melbourne, warned me.  Great work ….my good men.


This old item in Thuppahi, howver, is not a fake and is quite marvellous…. presenting Photography by Luke Taylor of the Australian Surf Life Association … in Thuppahi

Once in a Blue Moon over Byron Bay in Australia


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2 responses to “Moon Orbit Hoax! The “Moonshine” Trickster world We Live In!

  1. Chandra Maliyadde

    I am happy. My brother is a nuclear chemist whom I consult on matters auch as this. Thank you

  2. Conny

    Re the “world we live in”…

    The TRUE human condition, or world we live in, is the history of human madness mainly thanks to the 2 married pink elephants in the room and has never been on clearer display than with the deliberate global Covid Scam atrocity — see “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room –The Holocaustal Covid-19 Coronavirus Madness: A Sociological Perspective & Historical Assessment Of The Covid “Phenomenon”” …

    (CAVEAT — only read the 2 pink elephant article if you’re GENUINELY interested in the truth and therefore “CAN handle the truth” …)

    “2 weeks to flatten the curve has turned into…3 shots to feed your family!” — Unknown

    ““We’re all in this together” is a tribal maxim. Even there, it’s a con, because the tribal leaders use it to enforce loyalty and submission. … The unity of compliance.” — Jon Rappoport, Investigative Journalist

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