Super Moon Rising Above Sierra Nevada Sequoia National Park California Photo is a Hoax

January 2, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The photo purportedly showing a super moon rising above the Sierra Nevada Sequoia National Park in California is a hoax.

The fake photo is circulating online, and purportedly shows the super moon (in orange) rising above mountains in the park.

“Commonly referred to as a ‘Super Moon,’ it appears brighter and bigger, as the moon will be closest to Earth,” the description outlines. “This shot was taken over Nevada. Probably the most beautiful Moon shot I have ever seen in my life!”

A super moon refers to when the moon is closer than usual to Earth. 

A super moon happened on January 1 and another is slated to happen on January 30, which may have prompted a reirculation of the fake image, which is supposedly from 2012.

But the moon part of the image is photoshopped in. The original image is of the landscape without the moon.

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NASA explains more about supermoons in the following video.

 

 

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