In November 2012, NASA released a captivating image of India during Diwali night. The picture was taken by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite. The VIIRS ‘day-night band’ captured the nighttime perspective of southern Asia by identifying light across a spectrum of wavelengths.
The image reveals well-lit regions, which are mainly cities and towns in India. Cities from Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan are also visible in the image. To enhance visibility, a brightening process was applied to make the city lights more discernible.
In 2017, astronaut Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency (ESA) captured another mesmerizing view of the illuminated lights in India during Diwali. He shared the image and extended wishes for a ‘Happy Diwali’ on social media.
It’s important to note that this particular picture was taken 10 days prior to Diwali night itself, on September 29, 2017, from the International Space Station (ISS). Despite reports suggesting its reappearance, the image continues to fascinate viewers.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. Spanning five days, it symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and the triumph of good over evil. The festival is marked by lighting lamps and fireworks, exchanging gifts, and spreading joy and positivity.
The image of India during Diwali night from space serves as a stunning visual representation of the festive spirit and the vibrant celebrations taking place in the country.