We all know that Diwali is the festival of lights. During Diwali people lit oil lamps, diya’s, candles, lights and lanterns to celebrate the occasion.
The image shown below presents a brightly lit India in different colours during the night time. Many people on the internet claim that its a Diwali night satellite image released by NASA. However that is not true as the image is actually an overlay of different photos taken by NASA satellites over the years to highlight India’s increasing population via night illumination.
Last year the above mentioned image had spread on internet and hence NASA released a black and white satellite imagery of India Diwali night 2012, cautioning people against the fake image in circulation on the social media.
“On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this night-time view of southern Asia,” NASA said releasing a picture of India on this Diwali night.
NASA said most of the bright areas in the imagery released by it are cities and towns in India. “India is home to more than 1.2 billion people and has 30 cities with populations over 1 million,” it said.
Diwali being the festival of lights when much of the country is brightly and colorfully illuminated and fireworks light up the moonless sky, many people believe it to be the Diwali Aerial View.