India’s army mistook planets for spy drones 印度軍方「誤認行星為無人間諜機」

Sat, Aug 24, 2013 - Page 10

India’s army reportedly spent six months watching “Chinese spy drones” violating its air space, only to find out they were actually Jupiter and Venus.

Tensions have been high in the disputed Himalayan border area between the two nations in recent years, with India frequently accusing its neighbor of making incursions onto its territory.

Things came to a head during a stand-off in April when Chinese troops were accused of erecting a camp on the Indian side of the de facto boundary known as the Line of Actual Control.

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.

The army called the Indian Institute of Astrophysics to identify the objects. “Our task was to determine whether these unidentified objects were celestial or terrestrial,” astronomer Tushar Prabhu told the paper.

Only once the objects’ movements were noted in relation to the stars were they identified as planets.

The Telegraph suggests the sentry ought to be forgiven, with planets appearing brighter as a result of the increased atmospheric transparency at the high altitude and the increased use of surveillance drones.

(Liberty Times)

據報導印度軍方花了六個月時間監視「中國無人間諜機」侵犯其領空,最後卻發現它們其實是木星和金星。

近年這兩國之間爭議的喜瑪拉雅邊界地區情勢一直很緊張,印度時常指控其鄰國入侵其領土。

情勢在四月一場對峙期間達到危急關頭,當時中國部隊被控在名為「實際控制線」實際邊界的印度那一邊紮營。

據總部設於加爾各答的「電訊報」報導,到那時為止,印度部隊已記錄到,從去年八月到今年二月間有三百二十九次目擊到邊境地區一座湖泊上空出現不明飛行物。

軍方找上「印度天文物理研究所」辨識這些飛行物。「我們的任務是要確定這些不明物體是天體還是地球上的東西」,天文學家圖夏爾.蒲拉烏向這家報紙說。

只是,這些物體一經發覺是相對於恆星運動,就被確認是行星。

電訊報認為,應該原諒哨兵,因為行星會因高海拔大氣透明度較高而顯得比較亮,而且無人偵察機的使用增加。

(自由時報/翻譯:管淑平)