North Korea and its missile tests have become one of the most talked about issues globally.
Despite catching glimpses of the weapon-thought to be the deadliest missile in North Korea's arsenal-Cathay Pacific and Korean Air had not chosen to alter their routes as of Tuesday, according to a Bloomberg report.
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. I started to look at the pictures of the actual launch moment. "The other shows Andromeda with the Andromeda galaxy, which is northwest".
Two pictures taken within seconds of the missile's launch from the same vantage point should show the same starry background, "but they don't", Marco Langbroek, a spy satellite tracker and Paleolithic archaeologist said in a December 5 blog post.
"These two images from the same viewpoint show dramatically opposite sky areas", the expert continued.
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.
The ICBM was sacked on a lofted trajectory rather than a minimum energy trajectory, putting more structural stress on the missile's re-entry vehicle but reducing the duration and intensity of temperature-based stresses. "Stars just don't look that different a few miles apart, and we have no reason to disbelieve that this launch was from the Pyongsong region north of Pyongyang".
The concern with aesthetics could explain why North Korea may have tampered with its missile photos. "But mainly I took a look at these images with a specific interest in the directions they were taken, because I was discussing the geolocation of the launch site with @ArmsControlWonk and the noted the oddities", he wrote.
"I don't think we've seen any evidence of that, so it looks like they just cut out a star background and put it on to make it look cool", he said. "They frequently Photoshop the ears of Kim Jung Un in pictures, for example".