Tensions have been high in the disputed Himalayan border area between the two nations in recent years, with India frequently accusing its neighbour 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 (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.
It quotes military sources as saying the objects violated the LAC 155 times. So, 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 different atmosphere at altitude and the increased use of surveillance drones.
On the one hand…really? Those planets were…moving? A lot? Holy Cow!!! 1
On the other hand…those are some goldamned alert sentries. What the hell you feeding them? 2
- Uh…sorry about the whole cow thing. ↩
- Back in the day I once had to ‘supernumerary’ a troop walking guard duty on a motor pool as he kept reporting a UFO with “flashing, almost blinding lights, just hovering, Sarge, right over the deuce and a halfs! How can you NOT see it?” However his particular hobby included ingesting small pieces of papers called ‘blotter’ so I felt myself safe in ignoring his protestations of an imminent alien invasion. ↩