Google Earth is a great, albeit creepy, way to zone in on different areas of the world. It’s great for directions, pre-travel planning, and even spying on our crushes (don’t do that). What it’s not good for is virtual trips around the world at one in the morning, especially knowing that the internet is capable of playing to our greatest fears. Since the service became available to the public, many people have found that satellites can pick up on more than just interesting mountain forms and confusing roadways.
A bit of further digging – or obsessive searching, for some – has led to some pretty interesting discoveries, many of which are still unexplained. Ultimately, the final verdict is always personal opinion, but here are the strangest things that have been found on the map to date.
In Australia, at coordinates 30°30’38.44″S 115°22’56.03″E, a strange triangle dotted with bright lights appears in the middle of a field. When first discovered in 2007, ufologists were quick to call it a “triangle UFO” caught in the act of hovering above Earth. Other Google Earth users say it may be an antenna associated with a nearby remote-controlled wind farm. With three sets of wires forming a triangle, and a tower in the middle, the antenna likely receives and transmits control signals.
The S.S. Jassim, a Bolivian cargo ferry, ran aground and sank on the Wingate Reef off the coast of Sudan in 2003. At 265 feet (81 meters) long, it is now one of the largest shipwrecks visible on Google Earth, and is located at 19° 38′ 46.00″ N, 37° 17′ 42.00″ E.