NASA Satellite Photo Of Peninsular Malaysia Leaves Malaysians Breathless

The photo was taken by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on 18 September 2016.

Cover image via NASA via @usembassykl (Twitter) & @Hafixsan (Twitter)

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It is safe to assume that most of us have seen all shades of Malaysia after living in this multicultural nation for decades

This is why when we see a photo that shows an unfamiliar side of the country, it can easily take our breath away.

Case in point: a space shot of Peninsular Malaysia!

The photo was shared by the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Twitter yesterday, 18 February.

"Look! It's Malaysia from space! To see beauty is to see light," it tweeted, adding, "With lightning high in the sky on 18 September 2016, the International Space Station journeyed approximately 250 miles (approximately 402km) over thunderstorms visible in Malaysia during a nighttime pass."

"Here you can see the brilliant strikes of lightning flashing inside the heavy swirl of dark clouds in a majestic performance of bad temper."

The embassy said the spacecraft on the left is Soyuz, while the one on the right is Progress — both owned by Russia.

It credited the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the photo.

Within a day, the photo has gone viral with over 2,700 likes and 1,800 retweets

"Nice view, (but) I can't see Alor Setar. The cloud has blocked it," read a reply.

"In the photo, you can see Melaka, Pahang Terengganu, and Kelantan shining," commented another netizen, while another added in jest, "Wow beautiful view, I saw my house."

Image via Twitter

Since conversations about a flat earther has been making rounds on the Internet lately, a Twitter user jokingly asked, "Why it is not flat?"

In response, the person received this meme as a reply:

Translation: How many times do I have to say? Earth is spherical. The one that's flat is your house.

Image via Gags Malaysia via Twitter

Read the full Twitter thread here:

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