North Korea 'FAKED photos of latest missile test' - expert says

North Korea 'FAKED photos of latest missile test' - expert says

Shortly after the test, a spokesperson for the U.S. Defense Department acknowledged that the North Korean missile "flew through busy airspace used by commercial airliners".

Wednesday's missile test reached the highest altitude ever recorded by a North Korean missile and the state-run Korean Central News Agency claims it's capable of reaching the U.S. In response to the test last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on China to do more to rein in North Korea, specifically through restraining the country's oil supply.

He also told CNN: "You should see constellations that are opposites in the sky".

It is very unlikely that a plane would be hit by a random missile, though.

Something was off; to shoot stars, photographers use a longer exposure to more let light in.

Langbroek pointed out that in two images, the exhaust plume and position of the number on the missile were nearly identical, yet the star-field had been edited.

In a series of posts, the scientist mentioned other things he found inconsistent in the pictures, which led him to believe they have been tampered with.

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According to Dr Marco Langbroek, Space Situational Awareness consultant at Leiden University in the Netherlands, the stars in some of North Korea's images don't match, suggesting the regime tampered with the photos before publication.

An astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Jonathan McDowell, as a part of a conversation among experts analyzing the pictures, had earlier tweeted saying he also doubted the images. "So these two images from the same view point, show dramatically opposite sky areas", the scientist explained in his blog.

In August, Air France-KLM expanded its no-fly zone around North Korea after a missile test. This can be a harder task to achieve at nighttime, when only the stars can give an idea as to the launch location, rather than daytime, when background landmarks offer more clues about the site.

Flight paths in the region are drawingattention after two other Asian carriers said that some of their pilots believe they saw anotherballistic missile North Korea tested last week.

Those weren't the only images that appear to have been tampered with.

"They looked so crisp, that just didn't seem right to me", McDowell said.

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