Google Maps Anomalies: Disco Inferno

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

As you can see, 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!” Now, I don’t know what exactly they’ve got going on in New Zealand, or why there was a disco party taking place near a river back when the satellite image was taken. But I’m not going to question it.

The Disco Plane used to be seen at the coordinates -46.443099,168.326093 on Google Maps, but it looks like that’s no longer the case.

Still, we have our memories.

Thanks for the tip, Dave!

Rob Schwarz

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

One Comment

  1. 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.