Updated: November 6, 2021 10:37:34 am
India lit up in a dazzling display of light and colour for Diwali, with photos of celebrations flooding social media sites. However, there was one photograph that many desi folks were eagerly awaiting – NASA’s picture of the country from outer space. Although not of celebrations from the ground, the space agency’s festive greeting, nevertheless, left all in awe.
When it comes to Diwali, it’s hard to avoid the fake ‘India seen from Space’ photograph that keeps circulating for what seems like the zillionth time. Although it has been fact-checked by numerous portals and found to be untrue, the image ends up in our feed every year, as a running gag if nothing else. This time, too, as people kept tagging the International Space Station (ISS) and NASA to share some shots from space, they finally got a glimpse of an epic “sparkling starfield” captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Posting a breathtaking image of thousands of brightly lit stars, called a globular cluster, the agency said, “It contains a densely-packed collection of colorful stars close to the heart of the Milky Way.” It explained that interstellar gas and dust absorb starlight, which makes observations more challenging. However, thanks to advanced telescopes this stunning view is possible.
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In it’s blog, NASA further explained: “Interstellar absorption affects some wavelengths of light more than others, changing the colors of astronomical objects by causing them to appear redder than they actually are.”
The agency identified the globular cluster as ESO 520-21 (also known as Palomar 6), which lies in the constellation Ophiuchus, near the celestial equator.
As desi people thanked NASA for the beautiful wish, they couldn’t stop gushing about the stunning ‘festival of lights’ in the outer space.
— Smaran Dayal (@smaran) November 5, 2021
— Mili Pandya 🌌💫 (@Milipan26) November 5, 2021
Unreal…… 😍 https://t.co/K5fKVqwHXq
— Tyler Larsen (@8bit_Noob) November 5, 2021
OK, this made me tear up. Happy Deepavali! https://t.co/uR6Lsisddv
— NA 🔱🌱 (@vegnaay) November 5, 2021
Thats the picture for what i were eagerly waiting …Happy Dipawali https://t.co/c8tZc01PBt
— voice of student (@venom__08) November 5, 2021
Nothing could surpass the fest of lights captured by NASA
some lights lit on lamps
some on candles,
still some in outer space
and the best in human hearts https://t.co/McpDCbpw3y
— Sandy (@SandyAnant) November 5, 2021
Happy Diwali, Hindu& Sikh friends! NASA has named a globular cluster of gold&silver stars after your beautiful holiday celebrating victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance. Beautiful photos from TU archives of Diwali celebrations worldwide will be online &FV Sat https://t.co/xzj6FPAyAD
— Lynda Edwards (@Lynda555E) November 5, 2021
This globular cluster is exactly the stellar perspective I need this week. 🌟 https://t.co/WDhfJofpe5
— Mana Hale (@mana_hale) November 5, 2021
The entire observable universe is size of an atom to entire whole universe even so on. I think so anyways😀 it’s what infinity is.
— pour_sum_honeyhotsauce (@Sex_Philosofee) November 5, 2021
And just imagine, each star has a planet system around it and one of those planets is just like Earth.
— Dibyendu Das (@Dibyendu85Das) November 5, 2021
Damn Surprised when i see this post😀😃
Happy Diwali 💥🔥🌟🌠🌠🌌🌆🌃
Love from India🇮🇳🇺🇸🙏😇
— Sayak Hazra (@hazra_sayak) November 5, 2021
Extraordinary. The wonder of our universe!
— JC (@hessianchef) November 5, 2021
this has NO GODDAMN RIGHT to be THIS COOL
— I HATE WASPS (@lHATEWASPS) November 4, 2021
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