That picture intrigues me so much. How did you get it? And, if it's a satellite photo... why on earth is this man on the top of it looking at us???Thanks for all of this wonderful world you are showing here. You certainly make life much better.
Thanks a lot. Well, if you click on the picture, you can see the source. It is an ordinary Google Maps satellite photo. And I was also shocked why the man was looking at us, as if he perceived the satellite, which is a nonsense. An ordinary miracle.
I'm pretty sure it's not a satellite photo. Instead, I believe that it's an aerial photo (from an airplane visible from the ground) that is added to the map database as a map layer. Note, too, that the color image is mis-aligned with the surrounding black and white imagery. I think it is clear that the surrounding images are from a satellite.
First, I must confess I have no idea how Google maps actually works; yet I assume that Lloyd could well be right, as this picture seems to have a much higher definition than average Google maps satellite pictures. However Raquel's question revived memories from my school days in the early '60s: we schoolboys used to watch in excitement Telstar 1 (the first telecom satellite) daily appearance, as some teeny-weeny spark in the evening sky. It was such a customary thing back then, to search the sky for unusual things, it's unsurprising that the number of UFOs spotting reports went sky-high in these years! this made me uncomfortably aware that there's been age since I last tried to spot anything in the sky... so I can't tell if present-day satellites are sometimes noticeable from ground level as Telstar was. Perhaps some are?
"A little technique to reassure: actually, photos at high resolution can be obtained by using an aircraft flying at low altitude. Satellites that are thousands of miles from our earth are unable to obtain such accuracy. And aircraft costs horribly expensive, so it is not tomorrow we'll see the high-resolution Earth ...And also, there is the issue of privacy, even if the whole earth was covered with high resolution, time of renewal a snapshot at a point will be relatively large (on average a decade), except on areas with strong growth ... "http://www.netwizz.net/blog/2007/03/08/434-super-zoom-avec-google-maps
Dear Studiolum, did anybody actually contacted you regarding the request? What is the technical matter you are interested in?
anyway, I think this amazing photo is taken neither from an aircaft nor from a satellite, but from a "once upon a time" dimension.
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