On Friday morning, PM Narendra Modi addressed to the citizens of India to gather together to drive away darkness and light lamps on April 5 at 9 pm to show they were together in the fight against coronavirus. Netizens took to Twitter to express solidarity with the Prime Minister’s unique exercise aimed towards instilling positivity in the country. Many of them responded with funny reactions and created Diwali memes about eagerly waiting for Sunday to be a part of this and a few shared NASA’s iconic FAKE satellite image of India. Also Read - Mantra to stay Relevant in Times of Coronavirus is to Skill, Re-skill & Upskill, Says PM Modi
Diwali was also among the Twitter trends with people saying the action of solidarity on April 5 will be like the festival of lights. People started tweeting how India would look like from space on April 5 at 9 PM. Also Read - PM Modi Reviews State of Economy With FM Sitharaman
According to NASA, any extra light produced during Diwali is so minuscule that it cannot be captured from space. The fake image of India that gets circulated every year repeatedly on social networking sites and other internet websites is actually from the US Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) satellites. It was actually a series of photographs and data that was collected over many years to highlight the population growth over time. The photograph was created by NOAA. The white areas in the photograph show city lights that were visible before 1992. The blue, green and red lights show city lights that appeared in 1992, 1998 and 2003 respectively.