North Korea launched ICBM Hwasong-15 in November .29, and traveled 600 miles before breaking in the air and landing in waters near Japan (AFP)
North Korea has been accused of digitally altering photographs of its latest nuclear missile test launch.
Images of the launch of the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) shows that it was launched towards night against a starry sky, but there are inconsistencies in the photos.
Photos supposedly taken from the same angle show different constellations of stars in the background, says one expert.
It is not known why North Korea would alter its images, but it is believed that it could be purely for aesthetic reasons.
Academician Marco Langbroek discovered the differences between the images and the tweeted comparisons of two photos taken from the same point of view.
& # 39; I just discovered that the North Koreans have manipulated their launch photos # Hwasong15! Two images from the same point of view, but with dramatically different star backgrounds! Orion (Southeast) versus Andromeda (Northwest)! & # 39;
Dr. Langbroek, based in Leiden, The Netherlands, also noted that in one of the images, the Sirius star is missing in the Canis Major constellation.
& # 39; You should see opposite constellations in the sky. That is not the case, "Dr. Langbroek told CNN.
North Korea launched the ICBM Hwasong-15 on November 29, and traveled 600 miles before separating into the air and landing in waters near Japan.  While it is believed that it could have the potential to reach targets up to 8,100 miles away, analysts agree that Pyongyang may not yet have mastered all the technology required to successfully hit the US with a nuclear warhead. .
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