The real image of Diwali night in India vs the fake NASA Picture


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Diwali Night picture of India from Space by Paolo Nespoli 2017 – Real Story Behind The Fake NASA Image  from space of Diwali Night In India vs The Real Image of Diwali Night in India

First of all, Newshub wishes all our readers a very healthy and wealthy Diwali.

For those who know little about India, Diwali is celebrated on occasion of Lord Ram’s return from 14 years exile and killing of Ravana the demon king of Lanka.  Over the years, Indian have celebrated Diwali or Deepawali as it often called by lighting diyas and kandeels (light lanterns and bursting firecrackers.  Diwali can truly be called a pan India festival which is celebrated across the length and breadth of the country by its 1.30 billion inhabitants be it Hindus, Sikhs, Jains or Buddhists.

Like all Indian festivals, Diwali is a boisterous 5-day affair which started on Tuesday with ‘Dhan Teras’ and ended yesterday with ‘Bhai Dooj.’

As said above, Diwali is a festival of lights and all Indian household’s light Diyas and Kandeels in their house. But every year, a fake picture is circulated on the Internet which is supposedly clicked by NASA from space. This image first appeared in 2012 and since then every year, people circulate the picture as real picture of the Diwali being celebrated in India.

The false picture being circulated :

and the real picture :

The real image of Diwali night in India vs the fake NASA image
Image courtesy NASA


The above real picture of India from space on Diwali night was taken on November 12, 2012, by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite. This picture shows the night-time view of Southern Asia. This image is created with the help of data collected by this VIIRS day-night band.

This year we actually have a real picture clicked by an astronaut and posted on his Twitter account.

The above image is clicked by Paolo Nespoli, an Italian astronaut, and engineer of the European Space Agency (ESA).  Paolo is an old hand at space tours since 2007 when he first traveled into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as a mission specialist of STS-120.

In December 2010 he again traveled into space aboard the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft as an Expedition 26/27 flight engineer.

Nespoli’s latest mission is called VITA. He launched on Soyuz MS-05 on July 28, 2017, 15:41 UTC and is part of Expedition 52/53. It is during this mission when he clicked the above Diwali image.

Since Paolo shared the Diwali image online, the image has gone viral and is being circulated over WhatsApp, Facebook, Hike etc. Many have thanked Paolo for clicking the Diwali over India from Space for sharing the pic.

Hope you like it too. Newshub again wishes a prosperous new year to all our readers.

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