GUYS. Mark October 19, 2017 as a historical event of firecracker proportions. Select ‘day-long’ reminder because you totally want to remember and celebrate the fruition of all of your exemplary social media efforts. For on that day, a new image fell victim to the ‘India during Diwali’ syndrome.
Paolo Nespoli, astronaut with the European Space Agency, whose Twitter feed is a veritable goldmine of gorgeous photos from space (including a recent one of Typhoon Lan moving towards Japan) shared a throwback image of India on October 19 with a caption wishing everyone a Happy Diwali.
The image was originally posted by Nespoli on his Flickr account a few days ago on September 29th, and is therefore NOT a photo from space of what India looks like during Diwali.
Here’s the tweet that’s behind a lot of incorrect headlines today:
— Paolo Nespoli (@astro_paolo) October 19, 2017
The tweet has over 5.3K retweets and 8.6K favourites, in case you needed us to point out the obvious and the comments range from ‘wow’…
— Amit Jha (@amitj3) October 22, 2017
amazing click…. #HappyDiwali to u… one of the best pic of Diwali…
— Raka Don (@RakeshChahal) October 21, 2017
Looks real. Not on net. He is astronaut.
— SM Hoax Slayer (@SMHoaxSlayer) October 21, 2017
Thanku very much sir, and same to u
Very happy Diwali to u https://t.co/tnc520BEib
— धर्मेन्द्र ठाकुर~ॐ (@dharmu_thakur) October 20, 2017
.. to ‘that’s not a Diwali image’:
— Sumit Sundriyal
After realizing that this pic is not taken on diwali : pic.twitter.com/IawH82rUej
— Vishal Jotshi (@vishaljotshi) October 22, 2017
But this lighting will be on any night across urban areas from satellite view. pic.twitter.com/X81trvgkef
— Bharani Shivakumar (@yesbeeyes) October 21, 2017
An authentic photo, showing normal city lights / no #Diwali effect. The photos and all EXIF details also are available via NASA’s EOL site.
— Peter Caltner (@PC0101) October 22, 2017
One image, so much entertainment. Looking forward to memes of the ‘latest’ Diwali image? Same, you guys. Same.