Google Maps Anomaly: Disco Inferno

Posted by on August 3, 2012
Google Maps Disco Plane

Here’s a funky Google Maps anomaly submitted by blog reader Dave.

Google Maps Disco Plane

What we’re looking at appears to be a plane parked behind a dance party right on the New River Estuary in Otatara, New Zealand. Or, as Dave puts it, “The world’s first estuary-based disco plane!”

Sounds like a party. You can check it out yourself by heading over to -46.443099,168.326093 on Google Maps. And don’t forget your bell-bottoms.

Thanks for the tip, Dave!


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About the Author Post by Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.

  • Bright, reflective objects often have this discolouration near them in satellite imagery (I learned about it from participating in Galaxy Zoo). It comes from the fact that the satellite is moving, and the sensors receive the light from the scene the satellite is imaging in sequence (that is, not all at the same time). So the reflection (‘lens flare’, if you will, although it has a different mechanism of action and does not require the involvement of a lens) is spread over several different coloured splotches.