Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (6 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4187 times:
Are you talking about the multiple instances of the aircraft? That happens all the time with Google Maps / Earth, it's due to how the images are taken and then stitched together. There is just one aircraft in reality. You can see the effects of this by the fact that one of the shadows doesn't have a corresponding aircraft to the right of it, this is because the next section is overlaid on top of where it would be.
Including the latitude and longitude gives the location away slightly FRA.
FlyDeltaJets87 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4132 times:
I think it's the way the satellite takes photos as it moves along in space. This has happened on multiple occurences. You can see an AirTran 717 several times taking off from MCO.
On a somewhat related note, Google Earth also managed to catch an in-flight refueling of a C-5 somewhere out west. My friend showed it to me several months ago but I couldn't find it now if I tried. I don't remember where it was.
Make that two in that case - the three highlighted shadows / aircraft images don't correspond with each other, it's the one closer. ie: the center shadow corresponds to the left "aircraft". Look at the buildings and you'll clearly see that the sun isn't low enough for what you highlight to be true.
But it's a pretty academic question, since like I said there's only one of them in the first place!
Rivet42 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 818 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4000 times:
If you imagine the satellite camera moving across the sky, taking overlapping pictures continuously as it moves across the earth's surface, anything that happens to be moving more or less in the same direction at a similar speed will be photographed several times. However, this is only really likely with aircraft around airports, because they are very low (i.e. close to the focal point of the camera lens), and moving relatively slowly. At altitude, aircraft would be moving too fast, and be too far away from the focal point (the earth's surface) to be in focus.
(edit) - And yes, it is Frankfurt - I posted this particular image on A.net a few months ago!
Ha, ha, you might well ask! As it happens, I was just having a look at certain airports, such as FRA, when I noticed the LH jumbo taking off. It was prompted by another posting here of a KE 747 on finals for an airport in the US, but I can't recall which one. I don't think it's that unusual for aviation enthusiasts to be googling airports, but that's just my opinion..