Claim: Image shows ‘Christmas Star’ captured by Hubble telescope
Jupiter and Saturn have aligned in the night sky this week, with the two planets appearing closer together than they were in the Middle Ages, and many labeled it a “Christmas star”.
Social media users shared photos of the incident online, and a viral image to show the Christmas star captured by the Hubble Space Telescope was widely shared on Facebook.
“Star of Bethlehem taken by Hubble – wow !!” A user wrote in a post that has more than 4,000 shares.
“The other night taken from the Hubble Telescope,” another user wrote, along with an alleged photo of a large bright star surrounded by small stars.
One user shared the same image writing, “Christmas Star’s Hubble Telescope. Amazing doesn’t begin to describe it.”
USA Today reached out to users behind the claims of the comment.
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The picture is an illustration
A Google reverse search of the photo shows that the image is an illustration and was not captured by the Hubble telescope.
The illustration, which can be seen on the Getty image, is titled, “Glowing Star Stock Vector Space Background – Stock Vector.”
The caption of the image reads: “This stock vector illustration has space with a slightly luminous star at the top. It is a combination of short distant stars that include bright colors, including vibrant colors and white. Reflection and use of tone. Depicts a sense of depth. The image has a bleached colored tone. “
The same photo can also be seen on iStock Photo, stating that the image was uploaded to the site on 1 June 2015, revealing that the image had not been taken recently.
USA Today reported that the actual photos of the rare “Christmas Star” event show Jupiter and Saturn together with two points of light in a dark sky, far away from Earth from Saturn.
Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan told USA Today that “people are having to work a little bit” to see the interview and that the two planets “would not look like a brilliant ‘Christmas star’.”
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Our Rating: Wrong
An image claiming to show the “Christmas Star” taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is FALSE, based on our research. The image is an illustration from 2015 and is not identical to actual photographs from recent close alignment of Jupiter and Saturn.
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This article is not originally a photo of Hubble in USA Today: Fact Check: Viral Christmas Star Illustration