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Fact Check: An old computer generated picture shared as a view of Antarctica from space

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The viral picture purportedly showing how Antarctica looks from space – a huge white patch on one side of the earth is not a real image but a computer-generated image from September 2005 showing a view of the Antarctic region.

Recently, there were reports of scientists warning about the rapid melting of Antarctica's Thwaites glacier, also known as "Doomsday glacier" for its collapse could submerge many coastal cities worldwide. According to reports, Its collapse would raise global sea levels by more than half a meter on its own and subsequently release other major bodies of ice in West Antarctica, which together could raise sea levels by 2-3 meters.

Amid this, an image is being widely shared on social media to purportedly show the view of Antarctica from space.

A Twitter user shared the image with the caption, "Antarctica as seen from Space."

This image was shared over 600 times. 

The image is viral on Twitter and as well as on Facebook with the same claim.

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found this claim to be false as the image is a computer-generated image of the Earth with a full view of the Antarctic region.

With the help of reverse image search, we found this image in a Pinterest post with the title "Antarctica Visualization Wallpaper".

Further investigation revealed that this image was created by NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio. The"Scientific Visualization Studio" works with NASA's scientists to create visualizations, animations, and images. Its purpose is to promote a better understanding of the Earth and space research activities at NASA.

In 2005, on the occasion of International Polar Year, the Scientific Visualization Studio had released some visualizations of the space view of Arctic and Antarctic which were created by data visualizer Cindy Starr.

In conclusion, the viral picture purportedly showing how Antarctica looks from space – a huge white patch on one side of the earth is not a real image but a computer-generated image from September 2005 showing a view of the Antarctic region.

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