A fake Facebook Live video purportedly showing a “supermoon” over Greece was watched by more than 16 million people over four hours on Wednesday.
The live video was actually a nine-year-old still picture of the moon over the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio with wind sounds added.
The image was overlaid with a current timestamp and the sound of wind was added in an attempt to make it seem live.
The stream appeared as the first video result in Facebook searches for “supermoon.”
It was posted on a Facebook page named “EBUZZ,” which despite posting only a handful of times since November 2016 has more than 250,000 followers.
However, not all viewers fell for the fake video. According to CNN, some people questioned how it could be a live feed if the moon’s position had not changed in the last three hours.
In reality, the full phenomenon was difficult to observe from Greece.
The coincidence of a Blue Moon, a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon all at the same time is not something that happens often. Americans for example had the chance to admire it clearly for first time since 1866.
Greeks were not so lucky this time, but scientists, photographers and amateur sky watchers seized the unique opportunity and took positions to observe this cosmic coincidence.
Watch the real supermoon captured form Greece courtesy of AFP