Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Google Earth Anomaly"

“The renowned photo of a flying car appeared on Google Earth in 2006 in the Australian city of Perth. The shadow, which the car cast on the ground, made many think that the vehicle was flying about five or six meters above the ground.” - http://regmedia.co.uk/2006/01/23/flying_car_one.jpg

Your guess is as good as mine, folks...

3 comments:

  1. Didn't they eventually find it was either a pagoda-type thin, or two seperate objects? I can't remember.
    Love,
    Terri in Joburg

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  2. These are in fact two separate objects, although the coincidence is a strange one. If you cover the car and evaluate what the darker, presupposed "shadow" is (thus without the deceptive visual alignment), you will note a couple of similar dark patches below and to the right of the parking lot. These are shrubs of some kind. So too, I expect is the roughly rectangular shape next to the car. Another visually biasing effect is that at the height at which this scene is viewed, the nearby trees can be distinguished in relief from the ground. Shrubbery could not be. The other indication that this is not a shadow comes from looking to the left of the trees. The car, if levitating, could not be more than a few feet off the ground or else it would appear noticeably bigger than the cars in the parking lot. As such, the car, if levitating is still not as tall as the nearby trees. Those trees, however, cast no shadows at the same angle that the car supposedly casts them, despite being much taller than even the car, if levitating, could be. In fact, it appears that the sun is pretty much overhead in the picture.

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  3. These are in fact two separate objects, although the coincidence is a strange one. If you cover the car and evaluate what the darker, presupposed "shadow" is (thus without the deceptive visual alignment), you will note a couple of similar dark patches below and to the right of the parking lot. These are shrubs of some kind. So too, I expect is the roughly rectangular shape next to the car. Another visually biasing effect is that at the height at which this scene is viewed, the nearby trees can be distinguished in relief from the ground. Shrubbery could not be. The other indication that this is not a shadow comes from looking to the left of the trees. The car, if levitating, could not be more than a few feet off the ground or else it would appear noticeably bigger than the cars in the parking lot. As such, the car, if levitating is still not as tall as the nearby trees. Those trees, however, cast no shadows at the same angle that the car supposedly casts them, despite being much taller than even the car, if levitating, could be. In fact, it appears that the sun is pretty much overhead in the picture.

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