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Local accounts and pages on social media circulated a claim attributed to the Syrian Astronomical Association claiming that “the moon will change its color this evening, Friday, October 29, to green,” but the claim is false, as the association’s president denied the news, and there isn’t any astronomical phenomenon that changes the color of the moon to green.

Local accounts and pages on social media circulated a claim attributed to the Syrian Astronomical Association claiming that “the moon will change its color this evening, Friday, October 29, to green,” but the claim is false, as the association’s president denied the news, and there isn’t any astronomical phenomenon that changes the color of the moon to green.


What is the truth behind the claim that the moon will appear green because of an astronomical phenomenon?
"The fact that the moon appears green in an astronomical phenomenon that occurs every 165 years"

What is the truth behind the claim that the moon will appear green because of an astronomical phenomenon?

Fares Alsori Fares Alsori   Friday 29th October 2021

Fares Alsori Fares Alsori   Friday 29th October 2021

Local accounts and pages on social media circulated a claim they attributed to the Syrian Astronomical Association, claiming that "the moon will change its color this evening, Friday, October 29, to green."

A Facebook page called (Latakia News Network) published the claim on October 29, claiming that "the Astronomical Association declared this."

“An astronomical phenomenon occurs every 165 years in which the color of the moon will appear bright green” | lying
“An astronomical phenomenon occurs every 165 years in which the color of the moon will appear bright green” | lying

This allegation garnered a great reaction after many pages and accounts on social media contributed to publish it. You will find a number of them in the sources table at the end of the article.

Refute the claim

The (Verify-sy) platform team conducted a search using related keywords to verify the validity of the claim, and it turned out to be false.

The results showed that (SAA) President, Mohammed Alassiry denied issuing any statement for such phenomenon, described it as "stories, myths and false news on the lips of the Association", and noted that "this claim is not true at all and fabricated and we are not responsible for."

Could the color of the moon change?

It is important to remember that the moon does not emit light by itself, but reflects the sunlight falling on its surface. It is in darkness completely unless it faces the sun and reflects its light.

The fact that some may be ignorant of it that the color of the moon is not white as it is known, as the surface of the moon shines as a result of the reflection of sunlight on it, and its distance from us caused it to appear white, but the dark gray is the true color of the moon’s surface.

And the color of the moon can change outwardly to several colors due to the influence of the atmosphere, as the following image shows colors in which the moon can appear to us on Earth, and green is not one of them.

“The apparent colors of the Moon relative to the Earth” | Marcella Giulia Pace
“The apparent colors of the Moon relative to the Earth” | Marcella Giulia Pace

for example, the color of the moon at sunrise and sunset changes to yellow and its degrees, and the color of the moon changes to red when a total lunar eclipse occurs.

You can watch the following clip from NASA youtube channel for further explanation.


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conclusion

  1. The Syrian Astronomical Association didn’t publish any statement about an astronomical phenomena that will happen to the moon on Friday evening.

  2. There isn't any astronomical phenomenon that makes the color of the moon bright green.

  3. The color of the moon changes outwardly to us on Earth due to the influence of the atmosphere for several colors, and the green color is not one of them.

  4. This article has been included in the (Lying) section, according to (verify-sy methodology).

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