Indian Army mistook ‘planets for spy drones’ for six months
The Indian Army mistook planets Jupiter and Venus for Chinese spy drones for six months, according to a BBC report.
Tensions have been high between India and China over border issues. The two sides have often had disagreements over the disputed Himalayan range which they refer to as the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
An intense standoff occurred between India and China in April 2018 when their troops almost clashed at the LAC when India accused China of erecting a camp on its side of the LAC.
“By that stage, Indian troops had already documented 329 sightings of unidentified objects over a lake in the border region, between last August and February, according to the Calcutta-based Telegraph,” read the BBC report.
The Calcutta-based Telegraph quoted military sources and said that the LAC had been violated by Chinese drones over 155 times. The Indian Institute of Astrophysics were called to determine whether these objects were celestial or terrestrial.
“Our task was to determine whether these unidentified objects were celestial or terrestrial,” astronomer Tushar Prabhu said while talking to the Telegraph.
Once the movements of the planets were noted in retaliation to the stars did the Indians come to know that the drones were in fact planets.