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Astronaut shares India’s REAL Diwali photo from space, Twitterati thank him for the ‘stunning shot’

Sharing a sneak peek from the cosmos, astronaut Paolo Nespoli‏ who goes by the Twitter handle @astro_paolo, posted an enchanting photo of what the country looks like during Diwali, the festival of lights.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 24, 2017 3:47 pm
nasa, nasa photo, diwali, diwali 2017, diwali photo from space, india photo from space, nasa photo from space, india diwali lights, diwali lights 2017, indian express, indian express news Astronaut Paolo Nespoli shared a sneak peek of India from space during Diwali. (Source: @astro_paolo/Twitter)

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.

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.

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.

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  1. Vani Chaparala
    Oct 23, 2017 at 1:17 am
    This is in regards with the picture shared by the Italian astronaut. While this is a real picture and also true that it was shared by the astronaut, this picture was not taken on Deepaavali / Diwaali, it was " Taken on September 29, 2017 " . Journalists ought to do better than this in terms of facts validation when publishing the news. s: flickr /photos/astro_paolo/37123263463/in/dateposted/
    1. Nimain charan Sahoo
      Oct 22, 2017 at 5:26 pm
      Thanks to the astronaut for his love to the great diwali of bharat and spiritual bent of mind mind.
      1. A
        Oct 22, 2017 at 1:55 am
        Photgrph's Half portion at left is Pakistan. Only Delhi is visible a arge city of India phtogrph is prominetly devided by neon lit India and Pakistan Border.at centre.