"NASA will release images of India on 5th April," proclaimed one Twitter user. The post had two pictures attached -- one brightly lit up map of India from 8:59 pm and a second image from 9:00 pm which shows the country illuminated by tiny pinpricks of candle light.
Announcing the idea Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that this was an initiative to show solidarity.
“This is to show that none of us are alone and we stand together in this fight,” he had said on Friday morning.
Apart from those who spoke about NASA images, there were others who wanted to boycott the organisation in favour of ISRO. Others, for some of the other mysterious reason thought the space organisation could learn from the Prime Minister's idea. We're still unsure as to how they would take the idea.
Given some of the responses, we're not sure how many of the posts were satirical in nature. After all, there were Twitter users who declaimed vociferously that since the virus cannot survive in the heat, and light creates heat, it was a '#MasterstrokeByModiji'.
Scientists have been saying it since a long time virus can't survive in the heat. Light gives heat. Now when 1.3 billion people will light diyas and candle, the heat coming from it will k!Ll the virus almost 50%.— quarantined binga fan (@madeforbrettLEE) April 3, 2020
NASA will also take this idea from Modiji.#Masterstrokebymodiji
We have an article debunking these theories, if case you were wondering.
Interestingly enough, it does not seem to strike these individuals that usage of electrical lights in full strength can give generate a greater amount of heat.
Nor do they seem to remember that the increasingly high temperatures of the approaching summer have not yet managed to do anything to the virus.
Coming back to the topic at hand, Twitter it would seem, has a baffling new trending topic. NASA is trending on the social media site, but not for any reason that would strike you off the top of your head.
As we wrote above, the reason why NASA is trending, is because Prime Minister Modi has asked people to light candles for 9 minutes on Sunday.
Take a look at some of the Tweets below to get a better idea of what we're talking about:
#ModiVideoMessage— The Patriot (@indicheguevara) April 3, 2020
NASA will release images of India on 5th April
Image 1: India 8:59 pm
Image 2: India 9:00 pm with candle light pic.twitter.com/u9XgQT7Pno
Hope ISRO is ready this time to take a pic from space on Sunday. #9baje9minute#BoycottNASA— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) April 3, 2020
Croma viruses don’t survive in hot temperature as per research by Nasa. If 130 crore candles will lit together so temperature will increase. And Crona will die . Great thinking by MODI ji— Satya Vadi (@svxtx) April 3, 2020
NASA took this image of India on 5th April, 9pm. This is how India looked like 😍— John Wick (@TheSherry_) April 3, 2020
"Sutron ki maane to Corona ne Isse dekh kr suicide kr liya".
Waah modi ji Waaaahhhh 🙏 pic.twitter.com/b8atMq6Ctd
Looks like it takes #NASA#IIT#Modi to make any random shit believable on WhatsApp University 😓#FakeNewsAlertpic.twitter.com/MOA6XKiZAg— Aditi Gupta (@Aditi1289) April 3, 2020
BREAKING: NASA has declared that India will shine brighter than it did last diwali when India observes #9Baje9Minute this Sunday. 👏🏽— Ritvik Chauhan (@ChauhanRitvik) April 3, 2020
Proud Indian 🇮🇳
Modi ji hai toh mumkin hai pic.twitter.com/1llutlmRJM
Don't light Diyas on streets or burn houses. Remember, Prime Minister Modi asked you to stay home and stay safe.— Uptown Garage (@UptownGarageUG) April 3, 2020
And also, don't share this picture and claim it was captured by NASA from space. We are already making it go viral.#Modi#5Aprilpic.twitter.com/F5QBI4keqq