Green Moon Rare Phenomenon on 20th April 2018: Fact Check


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Green Moon Rare Phenomenon on 20th April 2018

Story:

Green Moon

On April 20th, 2018

Several planets will align causing the earth’s Moon to appear Green for 90 minutes. This phenomenon only happens once every four hundred & twenty years.

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Fact Check:

According to a viral message on Facebook, a rare phenomenon of ‘Green Moon’ will happen on 20th April 2018. Several planets will align causing the earth’s Moon to appear Green for 90 minutes, it is said. The Green Moon phenomenon allegedly happening once in every four hundred & twenty years is in fact not true.

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Origin of ‘Green Moon’ Phenomenon

On 1st of April 2018, Facebook page The Free Thought Project shared a video presenting the picture of the story in question about Green Moon on April 20th. Surprisingly, the Facebook post garnered thousands of shares. The rare phenomenon mentioned in the message is not validated by science and is in fact a joke posted on April fool’s day. Note, 420 (years) mentioned in the message is actually a code-term in cannabis culture that refers to smoking cannabis in celebration on the date April 20 (which is 4/20 in U.S. form).

Image of Message about Green Moon in 2017
Message about Green Moon in 2017
Image of Message about Green Moon in 2017
Message about Green Moon in 2016

As you can see in pictures above, similar messages appeared in previous year 2017 as well. Furthermore, the story surfaced earlier in 2016 too. At the time, the story claimed the rare phenomenon will be visible on May 29th, 2016 – for the first time since 1847. It was again a funny meme that went viral when it was shared by Facebook user Miles Johnson.


So, in short, there is no rare phenomenon of planets alignment causing the earth’s Moon to appear or turn Green in color. The hoax stories are either pranks on April fool’s day or part of funny memes.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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