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Daniel Franz [PersonRank 1]

Tuesday, February 13, 2007
11 years ago9,527 views

Well, the same thing occours when you search for "Ganderkesee, Germany" and zoom. Spiegel Online featured this last year in juli. spiegel.de/netzwelt/tech/0,151 ...

Daniel Malone [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

It appears to have a drop shadow, coming out from all directions...

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Can't even compare that area in Microsoft Maps Live or Yahoo Maps as they don't have images for that zoom level.

David [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I find it rather odd as well. That's quite an irregular shape... so much to be attributed to just missing data? In fact, I think it's intentional cause if you look at the little mini-map in the lower right corner it displays everything just fine. If it were missing data, wouldn't that grey spot also be there as well?

B. [PersonRank 2]

11 years ago #

It makes a shadow in the ground...strange...

Frank Taylor [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

There are many areas censored by the data providers to Google Earth. This is an example. Read about the Data Error Compendium and download the network link which will let you view the current placemarks of known censored areas, or errors in the data:

gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2 ...

Mischa [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

In my opinion it is just missing data. When you look in the south-east corner of that grey blob, you can notice that two satellite images are overlayed. So, perhaps its caused to this?

Mischa [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

...and when you zoom-in close enough, you can see the grey blob in the mini-map, too.

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

It's the cloaked alien ship! :-) :-) :-)

Mr. Anon [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Is it possible that it's someone's bad 3-D model in Google Sketchup? They could have uploaded it, and it's blotting out the actual map itself.

Brinke Guthrie [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Must be Area 52.

Google Tutor [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

It's not just an alien ship. Apparently it's the mothership. It's like an aircraft carrier of sorts (judging from the shape, or at least that's what an equivalnet Earth technology would be), with fighter ships ready to launch at a moment's notice. Kind of makes you wonder what kind of alien technology Google is using for their searches.

On second thought, it looks like someone's been playing with Windows Paint and is not very good at it. The grey blog reminds me of cut-out newspapers used to patch or cover something. Maybe someone messed with the satellite imagery from Digital Globe (or whatever other company is supplying for this region) before being sent over to Google.

Tom [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I dived through Monzelfeld one times (living just 30km away), can't remember any special things, just fields like the whole area

NoNoNo [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Same with GoYellow:
goyellow.de/map?lat=49.89589&a ...

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Google Tutor: No, no, it's not that Google is using alien technology. It's plain old Earth technology. It's just that the alien cloaking technology is apparently not working perfectly with that satellite imagery. If you walked to that spot on the ground, and looked up, you wouldn't see the alien ship, because it's *cloaked*, remember? If you were above it, on a plane, and looked down, same thing. That's what cloaking technology *does*, see

science.howstuffworks.com/invi ...

But apparently the retro-reflective material used by the alien ship is opaque to whatever wavelength and optical system used by the satellite images. So it just shows up as a blob. Remember, it's a glitch with *shadows*!

The aliens probably didn't think anyone would look at that particular area with enough resolution – or maybe they didn't know the particular frequency vulnerability of the cloak had made it to commercial use by Earthlings. Now they've found. Prepare for First Contact. Or a very weak explanation from Google.

[Note: Humor! I don't believe this. It's a science-fiction story. Or at least that's what I'm saying to prevent a visit from the Men In Black. If I disappear, you'll know why ...]

Johannes [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Somewhere in this area south of Bonn the former government shelter could be found.

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I really like that shadow. If you zoom in around the "shoulders", you can see the outline curve is very detailed – and it doesn't follow the grey patch exactly!

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

[again, this not meant to be taken seriously]

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Another good spot:

maps.google.com/maps?f=q&h ...

Todd [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Guys, check the preview in the bottom righthand corner of Seth's link... no blob... It's just a glitch.

Michael Schwarz [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

See more places here:

bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/showflat.p ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

From that page, here's Microsoft Live's clear-view Monzelfeld satellite image:
local.live.com/default.aspx?v= ...

Michael Schwarz [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Philipp, if you search in the Internet you will find that this region was military restricted area. Today there is no restricted area (as I read correct here kreis-euskirchen.de/tourismus/ ...), so maybe Google is using "old" military restriced area information.

Michael Schwarz [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I don't know if you already know this page here (German):

googleerde.de/jgs_db.php?actio ...

Seth Finkelstein [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Philipp: Obviously, Microsoft Live or another provider wouldn't show anything at the spot. The alien ship likely wasn't there at that moment! And it may have moved by now. Not because they monitor blogs, heaven forbid, but simply going whereever they go. for their own reasons.

:-) :-) -)

Judith [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

geoportal.rlp.de/portal/karten ...

Da siehst Du mehr! Der link funktioniert nciht richtig, aber auf dem geoportal kann man sich auch Karten angucken und da ist die ganze Gegend um Monzelfeld deutlich zu sehen.

Sieht nicht wirklich geheim aus!

Gruß
Judith

MJ Rich [PersonRank 6]

11 years ago #

Google Translator says:

"There you see more! That left does not function correctly, but on the geo portal one can be seen clear also maps to look at itself and is the whole area around Monzelfeld there. Does not look really secret! Greeting Judith"

Danny Sullivan [PersonRank 2]

11 years ago #

Maybe it's just something that fell on the screen during the scanning process similar to the big bug that was in Germany:
flickr.com/photos/dannysulliva ...

Nico [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

i think it's eitehr a kind of bug or there is something you should not see at that zoom level (zoom out a bit (or more) and the shape will disappear)
maybe there aren't pictures available and google failed to show the normal picture shown normally in this case

Derry Quinn [PersonRank 2]

11 years ago #

The reason it is also on Go Yellow is that the maps are provided by endoxon, which google recently aquired and are incorporating into google maps for their european data

Dockarl [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

I'd suggest it is a new e-commerce initiative..

Perhaps google has offered the local hiking supply shop / corner store a new source of 'traffic' in return for a cut of the profits...

Silver [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

It's a Vogon ship. Haven't any of you read Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

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