What did Google Maps cameras discover over a lake in Switzerland?

Google Maps have been taking "street view" images for a number of years now, and they've captured some interesting things...

In this case, there's a ghostly figure that appears over a lake in Switzerland.
  1. If you want to see it with your own eyes, go to Google Maps.
  2. Copy and paste these coordinates for the location: 47.110579, 9.227568
  3. Zoom in until you are in street view.
  4. Then look to the sky (North-West over the lake).
Was this just a strange camera anomaly? or something more divine? 

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MaryM1951 year ago

I just did this and there is literally nothing there

looks like photoshop to me


Google updates their images every now and then, so it is no longer there.

Kiteman5 years ago
It's obviously a stitching artefact - I wonder what other vehicles were on the road at that point?
canucksgirl (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
Idk... I wish I knew. I've looked at this a few times and I can't figure it out. It doesn't seem to be cause by cars or anything. It's just there (for quite a long distance), and then its not.
I'm thinking it's the top of a vehicle that paced the streetview car.
canucksgirl (author)  Kiteman5 years ago
I'm thinking no. Only because you can pan the cameras and see who's behind and in front, and there is no vehicle that paces the google car for that distance. (Having also seen one of the cars IRL, they tend to drive a lot slower than other traffic).
It wouldn't have to be another vehicle. There are plenty of vertically standing black and near white "objects" shown in the background that could have been lensed into that particular position. The idea then is, if "you" took the picture, did you purposely take a picture of what you saw, or did this appear after you took the picture of the road and valley? You see, if the camera saw something that was really there, then the photographer should have seen it beforehand also.
canucksgirl (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
That would hold true if it was "me" taking the photo. In this case, the Google camera car drives slowly down these roads with their cameras mounted on the roof taking thousands of images as they drive (and I've seen the car as they drove down our street). If that image appeared in only the one frame, then I would think that it was something to do with another car, but the image can be seen throughout a long stretch (between tunnels) along the lake, and there are no vehicles that can be seen pacing with the Google car. I thought it might have been something on the lens, but they wouldn't just stop mid-highway (where there are no pull outs), to clean the lenses, for it to have disappeared (and then later reappears) as it seems to do.
I see, sorry I had been in a hurry earlier and didn't read all the way through your post....my apologies
canucksgirl (author)  Goodhart5 years ago
Meh... No apologies needed. ;-)
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