New Delhi: NASA has denied claims of an article circulating online that it confirmed a total blackout on Earth for six days in December due to a solar storm.
An article titled “NASA confirms earth will experience 6 days of total darkness in December 2014” originated from an entertainment website Huzlers.com. Since then, the story has gone viral making netizens to believe it was for real.
“NASA has confirmed that the Earth will experience 6 days of almost complete darkness and will happen from the dates Tuesday the 16 – Monday the 22 in December. The world will remain, during these three days, without sunlight due to a solar storm, which will cause dust and space debris to become plentiful and thus, block 90% sunlight,” read the bogus report.
Contrary to the website's claim, a close scrutiny into the NASA official site also reveals that the agency never released any official statement.
Ironically, the website, Huzlers.com, on the other hand, openly describes itself as a satire site on its front page and that it shouldn't ever be taken seriously.
Without performing a double-check, many people had even shared the link of a YouTube video of NASA chief Charles Bolden supposedly warning the people about the upcoming darkness.
Hence, people can now breathe a sigh of relief as there is no truth in the story and it's merely a fake.