UAE govt responds to mysterious ‘two moons’ that went viral on social media

Residents of UAE were put at ease after the case of “two moons” was solved Tuesday.

According to UAE based publication Khaleej Times, the country’s social media was taken by storm after pictures and videos of two moons started to appear on their timelines.

The publication reported that the objects were a replica of the two Martian moons created by the UAE government’s media office to celebrate the country’s Hope Probe.

The Khaleej Times reported that the Phobos and Deimos, the two moons that orbit Mars, were projected in the sky using new technology.

The government had used two giant 100-metre cranes and an advanced 40-metre screen to make the moons appear realistic.

The government wanted to show the UAE residents what the Hope Probe is capturing 500 million miles away in the galaxy.

The moons were a build-up to the Hope Probe’s insertion in the Martian orbit scheduled to occur today.

“The Mars Mission is one of the biggest challenges of the country’s history and one of the boldest initiatives of the UAE: Conquer space. So, to create awareness around this important fact, nothing better than bring the two moons of Mars to Earth,” Executive Director of Production and Digital Communication Sector at the UAE Government Media Office Khaled AlShehhi told Khaleej Times.

The moons, Deimos and Phobos, were discovered by the American astronomer Asaph Hall in 1877.