We Finally Have A Real Pic Of India From Space On Diwali

By SM.22 Oct, 2017


A picture of India on Diwali, taken from space by "NASA", has by now become a standing joke. The Photoshopped picture was circulated year after year - but people are wise to it now. So what does India actually look like from space on Diwali - the festival of lights? Thanks to astronaut Paolo Nespoli, we now have an answer. On October 19, the 60-year-old Italian astronaut shared a photo of India, taken from space.

Sharing a photograph of India, as seen from space, he wished everyone a happy Diwali.


Paolo Nespoli ✔@astro_paolo
Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, starts today. #HappyDiwali to everyone! #VITAmission
8:26 PM - Oct 19, 2017


Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, starts today. #HappyDiwali to everyone! #VITAmission pic.twitter.com/Uygnc8tTWx

— Paolo Nespoli (@astro_paolo) October 19, 2017

SM Hoax Slayer confirms that the pic is real:

SM Hoax Slayer @SMHoaxSlayer
Replying to @vedhamurthyhk @astro_paolo
Looks real. Not on net. He is astronaut.
8:26 AM - Oct 21, 2017


Since being shared online just three days ago, the picture has collected almost 6,000 "likes" and over 3,500 "retweets". Many have thanked Mr Nespoli for sharing the pic:

Vaibhav Gaikwad @gk_vaibhav
Replying to @astro_paolo
Thanks for sharing picture. #HappyDiwali #Love #INDIA
8:35 PM - Oct 19, 2017


Chanakya Kumar Das @iamckdas
Replying to @astro_paolo
thank you for sharing the stunning pic. love from india! ☺#HappyDiwali
12:34 PM - Oct 20, 2017


OOO RG 🇮🇳 @OutOfOfficeRG
Replying to @astro_paolo
Just Splendid! Thanks a bunch Paolo #HappyDiwali
9:55 PM - Oct 20, 2017


Mr Nespoli, an astronaut with the European Space Agency (ESA), has been at the International Space Station for over a month for the Vita Mission.

While the NASA pic did not make an appearance this year on Diwali, another Photoshopped pic definitely did - that of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, lit up with sky lanterns.