Newark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7771 times:
Quoting A520 (Reply 1): Might be the "joint" between pictures taken from two different satellite passages. Obviouly, after one revolution around the earth, the plane has landed ...
... just a guess!
Quoting SSTsomeday (Reply 2):
Perhaps the system pastes pics together from the same pass, but they are seconds or minutes apart?
Most of the high quality imagery on Google Earth is taken by aircraft, not satellites. They take lots of smaller pictures, and then someone puts them all together like a puzzle. That's how the above shots happen.
Take a look at the LH 744 departing FRA to the east as a better illustration of this many-pictures technique.
also has it right, the satellite photographs by "swiping" a band of terrain (n) miles wide, the planes in Schipol and Boston, where near the limit of the band, and when the next "swipe" pass happened, the planes were no more at same possition. So in the next "swipe" the parts of those planes that were at the new band just seems to disapear.