As far as map and route guidance is concerned, you can rely on Google Earth, Google Streetview and Google Maps! But sometimes the cameras of the Internet giant also catch things that only seemingly show what the observer believes to recognize …
In Scotland, British Robert Morton (55) discovered the silhouette of a supposedly downed pilot in the sea. An undiscovered wreck? A crash?
No, no plane off the coast of Scotland has sunk into the sea. What Morton saw is a satellite image from space where the plane happened to "crash" the photo.
From mysterious bird's-eye views to supposed wrecks to cars driving on houses, here are the funniest and most bizarre images Google Earth has captured …
Car drives up the walls
Departure: In the Dutch city of The Hague, the cars also drive up the walls. A hit against gravity? Unfortunately no, the recording is a spectacular installation.
Rocket test in the US?
Do we see a missile test flight that we should not see? Of course not: Again, we come across a photo error that fool us wrong facts.
The supposedly mysterious object the satellite photographed over a Utah forest (USA) is a normal plane. The overlapping of the photos could be responsible for the fact that the wings of the aircraft are not visible.
Airbus landed in the Main
▶ ︎ If you are looking for the Schiersteiner Kreuz on Google Maps, you might get a little shock! The satellite image on the B 519 bridge shows a shadowy "British Airways" machine. An Airbus A320 that seems to be under water!
All just an optical illusion!
The explanation is simple: Each satellite image on Google Maps is pieced together from many individual images. If a plane is jetting through the serial shots, a shadow can remain – just like in Flörsheim the Airbus, which optically landed in the Main …
Jesus visage in Hungary
Is this gigantic Google image a sign from the top? Rather not. The image of Jesus made during a satellite flight over Hungary is no wonder.
The illusion was created by shadows throwing clouds on the ground.
"Walkman" in Canada
▶ ︎ Was a deity carved into the ground here? Seems so. If you look from above on the landscape in Alberta (Canada), it seems that the face of an Indian chief stands out. Or pose a man who has headphones in his ears.
The face, however, is a submerged clay valley, which got the name "Badlands Guardian".
This Google recording should provide hobby treasure hunters with heart racing: on a recording that was taken off the west coast of Africa, the sunken and legendary Atlantis seems to have finally been discovered! Rectangular formations, recognizable on the seabed …
Too soon happy: Unfortunately it just looks like this. An explanation can be found on the official blog of Google Maps: These are only sonar traces left by ships. It measures how long the emitted sound needs to go back to the ship when it is reflected off the ground. This is how the depth is determined. These measurements are recorded as traces – and can also be seen on the satellite images that Google uses.