Washington: Nasa Thursday released black and white satellite images of India this Diwali night, cautioning people against the fake image in circulation in social media circles.
"On November 12, 2012, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite captured this nighttime view of southern Asia," Nasa said releasing a picture of India on this Diwali night.
"The image is based on data collected by the VIIRS 'day- night band', which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared. The image has been brightened to make the city lights easier to distinguish," it said.
Nasa said most of the bright areas in the imagery released by it are cities and towns in India, the country with the world's largest Hindu population.
"India is home to more than 1.2 billion people and has 30 cities with populations over 1 million. (For comparison, China has 62 cities with more than 1 million residents and the United States has 9)," it said.