Saturday, June 17, 2006

Google Earth - downtown Baghdad light beam

I was trying out the new Google Earth 4 beta, which runs beautifully on the Mac by the way. But anyways, I was browsing around downtown Baghdad, and I came across this weird looking light beam:

What the heck is that? There are coordinates on the bottom of the image so you can check it out for yourself if you have Google Earth (click the image to enlarge).

Edit: Apparently it's a charge overflow in the CCD chip in the camera of the satellite that took the image, i.e. there was a spot that was too bright.

Either way, if you haven't checked out Google Earth for the Mac, do check it out, it works wonderfully, and it's great fun to stare at your house from a satellite photo. It also has improved integration with the newly released Mac version of SketchUp, which is a 3D modelling and design application that I really like. You can download both for free from the links provided.


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