March 20, 2015 1:48 pm
Updated: March 20, 2015 2:39 pm

Wow! An amazing eclipse photo from the space station. Except, it’s fake

This is truly a stunning photo of a total solar eclipse...but it's not real.

This is truly a stunning photo of a total solar eclipse...but it's not real.

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TORONTO — Every time there’s a solar eclipse, this photo shows up across Twitter with comments like, “Wow! The solar eclipse as seen from the space station!” or “Wow! I’ve never seen anything so amazing!” And the truth is, neither have astronauts on board the International Space Station.

This beautiful “photograph” was first posted to DeviantArt. It’s not a photo at all, but a work of digital/three-dimensial art.

What does a real eclipse look like from the space station?

This:

The eclipse as seen from the International Space Station on March 20, 2015.

ESA/NASA

And this.

Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this image of the March 20, 2015 solar eclipse from onboard the space station.

ESA/NASA

And even, this, if you’re looking down at Earth.

The moon casts a shadow across Earth during the solar eclipse on March 20, 2015. Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this image from the International Space Station.

ESA/NASA

Here’s a timelapse video of a 2012 solar eclipse from the space station:

Yet since around 2012, this fake image has made the rounds, cruelly fooling people into believing that this is the spectacular view from space.

As if the view of being in space isn’t marvellous enough.

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took this image of the Sun rising from the International Space Station on 20 March 2015, shortly before the start of the solar eclipse.

ESA/NASA

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