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Total solar eclipse generates series of bizarre conspiracy theories

By T.K. Randall
April 8, 2024 · Comment icon 27 comments
Total solar eclipse.
A total solar eclipse. Image Credit: ESA/CESAR/Wouter van Reeven
Today's eclipse should be something spectacular, but it has also been mired in nonsensical conspiracies.
As millions across North America gaze skyward today for a glimpse of the eclipse, there are others who remain convinced that the whole thing is either not what it seems, or that it will be used by nefarious parties to achieve shadowy, undisclosed goals behind the scenes.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly over the Sun in the sky, covering it up to such an extent that it turns day into night for a brief period of time.

For those directly on the path of totality this will be a rare and impressive spectacle, but even for those who will only see a partial solar eclipse from their location, it will still be worth taking a look at.

Predictably, however, some conspiracy theorists - including high-profile politicians - have been spreading some very strange ideas about the eclipse and what it all means.

Republican congresswoman Majorie Taylor Greene, for instance, has been using social media to put forward the idea that the eclipse, coupled with the recent New York earthquake, are both "strong signs" that God wants Americans to "repent for their sins".

A community note was later added to her post on Twitter to explain that there are over 1,700 earthquakes in the United States each year and that the eclipse was known about long in advance.
Elsewhere, notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones insisted that "the globalists have something planned" for the eclipse, while his guest Andrew Meyer also continued along the same theme by suggesting that "they want to make a big push for evil, negative energy."

Another guest, Mike Adams, suggested that scientists who are studying the eclipse have "nefarious plans" and that the globalists have "special powers".

"So they are lining up important things in their minds, things to summon power," he said.

Exactly what any of that is actually supposed to mean, however, remains unclear.

Finally, there are also some who believe that the eclipse, like the year 2012, is some sort of sign that the world is literally coming to an end.

Suffice to say, though, that the Moon passing in front of the Sun poses no danger to the Earth - eclipses have been happening since long before humans have even existed.

Ultimately, then, if you are lucky enough to be on the path of totality later today, enjoy the show!

Source: Sky News | Comments (27)

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Comment icon #18 Posted by esoteric_toad 1 month ago
I had a very difficult time taking a pic of the eclipse. My camera tried it's best but even when it was during the full eclipse it would look blown out. Had to mess with the settings (quickly) to capture a good image of it. 
Comment icon #19 Posted by Trelane 1 month ago
The internet in general is causing the decay. I know, the irony.?   Also, how do flat earthers explain the eclipse?
Comment icon #20 Posted by C L Palmer 1 month ago
I wonder why they only mentioned right-wingers? My Facebook feed was full of left-wing theories that the eclipse was somehow going to line up celestial energies and that you could harmonize with nature... Typical hippie stuff. Oh, and that nonsense Sunny Hostin went on about on The View, that the eclipse and earthquakes were products of Climate Change. Odd that the article sailed right over that.
Comment icon #21 Posted by C L Palmer 1 month ago
That was my experience too, even shooting through the eclipse glasses. I think it's because I have a Samsung Galaxy A03, and the camera is too crappy. My friends were able to get good photos and video.
Comment icon #22 Posted by aquatus1 1 month ago
It's less about the action than about the intent.  Both sides act pretty much the same.  It's what they intend for the results to be that really distinguishes one from the other.
Comment icon #23 Posted by C L Palmer 1 month ago
Sunny Hostin tried using it to perpetuate her political agenda. Both sides say silly things for political points. I hate it when my side does it because it's bad for the movement. 
Comment icon #24 Posted by Harte 1 month ago
Do you really wonder why? I mean, it's standard procedure these days with the media. Harte
Comment icon #25 Posted by Torviking 29 days ago
I can’t help laughing when idiots politicise natural phenomena.
Comment icon #26 Posted by joc 28 days ago
Specifically the thread is about total Solar eclipses.  They do not happen every week. Solar eclipses occur two to five times a year, five being exceptional; there last were five in 1935, and there will not be five again until 2206. The average number of total solar eclipses in a century is 66 for Earth as a whole.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Harte 27 days ago
Lunar eclipses are even rarer. It's hard to convince people of this because everyone's seen way more lunar than solar eclipses. There's a good reason for that though. Half the planet sees a lunar eclipse every time one occurs. Solar eclipses can only be seen from a tiny proportion of the planet's surface. Harte

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