Update | It has been confirmed that this picture is fake. Read the story here.
Symbolising the victory over spiritual darkness, Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of India celebrated by lighting lamps and diyas. With sparkling lights all around, every city makes for a splendid sight. But, have you ever wondered what India actually looks like from the outer space? No, we are not talking about the fake pictures that make the round, almost every year. Looks like you are in luck this season as a real picture has emerged on the Internet.
Sharing a sneak peek from the cosmos, an astronaut posted an enchanting click of what the country looks like during the festival of lights. Posting the magnificent Diwali photo, astronaut Paolo Nespoli whose Twitter handle is @astro_paolo, wrote: “The Hindu Festival of Lights, starts today. #HappyDiwali to everyone! #VITAmission.” Check out his tweet here.
— Paolo Nespoli (@astro_paolo) 19 October 2017
No sooner did he upload it, several Indians took to Twitter to shower love and compliments on Nespoli. Take a look at some of the reactions here.
thank you for sharing the stunning pic. love from india! ☺#HappyDiwali
— Chanakya Kumar Das (@iamckdas) 20 October 2017
Thanku very much sir, and same to u
Very happy Diwali to u http://t.co/tnc520BEib
— धर्मेन्द्र ठाकुर~ॐ (@dharmu_thakur) 20 October 2017
Marvellous picture ! Thank you for sharing !
— Gérald Malempré (@geraldmalempre) 19 October 2017
Thank you Paolo for the warm wishes ! 🙏🙏 Thanks a ton for the amazing pic ! 👏👏✍🏽🙌🙌
— Nishanth K M (@Nish_Man_k) 20 October 2017
#Gorgeous photograph, what is the bright orange line though? 🤔
— Sudip (@iam_Sudip) 20 October 2017
Amazing picture Heartly Thank you very much for sharing picture
Love from all India 🇮🇳
— VIKRAM CHOUDHARY (@vikram_bugasara) 20 October 2017
Thanks Paolo. This really made my day !! Happy Diwali to you !
— 🇮🇳 Aniket Parab (@aniketparab07) 20 October 2017
At least we have a real Diwali satellite photo
— Praveen Sharma (@Prav001) 21 October 2017
Take a look at one picture featuring the map of India, which was earlier claimed to be clicked by NASA’s satellites. Even though it has been proved as a fake shot, it keeps coming up repeatedly on WhatsApp and Facebook.
This is photoshop. This is the real pic pic.twitter.com/fpjHxQ2Qvl
— Jai (@Jai74863750) 21 October 2017