Guru Purnima 2017: NASA tweets about full moon, Indian twitterati rejoice

On Sunday, millions of Indians will celebrate Guru Purnima, the first full moon night after the summer solstice. It is celebrated as a day of teachers as students express their gratitude to them. The festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists. It is said that the celebration is related to the yogis worshipping Sage Ved Vyas on this day.

The festival also got attention from unexpected quarters. The US space agency, NASA tweeted out a picture of the full moon as it listed out the various names it is called by, namely Guru Purnima, Hay Moon, Mead Moon, Ripe Corn Moon, Buck Moon and Thunder Moon. The tweet had been retweeted over 5,000 times at the time of publication.

The tweet came from the NASA Moon twitter handle which is dedicated to updates about the moon. It was later retweeted by the official NASA twitter handle too. Now it is doubtful whether NASA meant the tweet as a celebration of the Indian festival, but it was still enough to set off Indian twitterverse.

Some were thankful to NASA for recognising the festival and wished them a happy Guru Purnima as well:

While others were busy telling NASA about space:

Some people were deeply worried about NASA's reputation:

At least one guy got it right though:

Updated Date: Jul 09, 2017 11:43 AM

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