Ghost Airplane Illusion

After Cuban ghost ship, we have Malaysia ghost plane. It passed over a month from Seong Chai Low’s submission. Finally his Google Earth illusion is up! I’m moving along slowly, posting all your unreviewed submission (there are over 100 pending in my mailbox). I like to say that “patience is a virtue”, so be sure that all of them will be posted some day, no need to worry we’ll run out of optical illusions yet. Low included description how to find this flick in Google Earth/Google Maps.

Low: “I enjoy your site, always visit your site once in a while to see what new pictures you have published. Here’s one snapshot from Google Maps. I’m not sure how the ghost image of the airplane appear. Anyway, this is taken on the Penang, Malaysia (the country where I’m staying). I don’t know how to get the latitudes and longitudes from the Google map. So I capture another 2 zoomed-out map and highlighted the location with a red box (inside). Hope you like it.”

For similar Google Earth illusions, visit the appropriate category located in our sidebar, under “optical illusion categories”. There you’ll find classic ones like Flying Car and Haunted Road… Also be sure to check strange Crop Circles.




44 Replies to “Ghost Airplane Illusion”

    1. You are right on the money when you say “someone’s” illusion, but definitely not in the ghostly sense. The heat/color matches are too perfect, yet proving that point even more, the colors would be completely different if it were “ghostly”. Grow up or go back to mommy and daddy’s house (if you have them, not to speak ill of anyone if not) as you know nothing about the other realms. Color, auras, feelings would all be felt by just seeing it, this is an obviously failed photo shop job. Try learning a little about your camera, such as F stops for a start, then graduate onto Appts, etc, then you’ll know when you’ve really captured a spirit or what have you.

  1. yeah ..that right… i dont see any strange about it….in fact i livin penang….never saw that ghost plane…usahkan misteri dibelenggu oleh anda…misteri nusantara

  2. For those who want to see it, tune Google Earth to 5 degrees, 26 minutes north, 100 degrees, 18.4 minutes east. The plane is there. Rather is an interesting sight.

    1. I can’t believe someone (Michael) went and found the exact degree location of this pointless photo. You could have flossed your teeth in the time you wasted

  3. I think what we are seeing here is a rainbow. The sun is reflecting off the plane back into the water vapor in the atmosphere. The sun seems to be in the correct position to cause this effect. There is a color shift in the ghost that is similar to a rainbow.

  4. actually its like looking at a candle or anything reflecting light, through glasses its just a matter of focus till you can see the ghost image.

  5. does anyone else notice the hidden face in picture two? in the water to the leaft of the island you can clearly see a mouth,nose,and closed eyes. to the top right is the hair…

  6. It could be the satellite imaging has captured the plane partially in another dimension, or a different “time”, as which it may be better understood. transdimentional photography?

  7. I’m just guessing, but probably many planes fly over that area, and someone used a lawn mower to give the pilots and passengers something to look at. It hardly provokes me to refer it to anything ghostly.

  8. The sun is “behind” the plane, casting the shadow in front of it. Same effect as your shadow being longer just after dawn or before dusk than it is at noon.

  9. Ghost images have been in photography, X-rays and other image producing media for deccades. Nothing new or unusual here.

  10. Not a shadow, rainbow, sun angle, crop circle/art, or time traveling plane. As Frank explained in his link. The image is made up two images, a high resolution black and white, and a lower resolution color image. The B&W (pan) and color (Multispectral) imagers on the satellite take their pictures slightly apart. You can tell the pan camera takes it’s image first and the lower resolution second, because the very sharp picture of the plane is earlier, and then the lower resolution (fuzzy) color image is taken and the plane flew forward.

  11. Satellites take color pictures by scanning in each of 3 or 4 colors (CYMK, or RGB), in serial fashion. One after the other. The final picture is a composite of 3 or 4 color sets layered over each other. The plane traveled into a different location between each scan.

  12. Hold your hand at a distance in front of your face with one eye closed and you do not see what is behind it. The satellite is shooting not straight down but from the side at an angle, not straight down. That is why all the buildings are seen from the side and why you do not see the ground behind the roofs of the buildings. The “ghost” is simply the area blocked out by the real location of the airplane shot from a side angle and illustrates the same offset from the location on the ground as the side angle offset of all the buildings in the same image. What remains curious is that I can not locate the dark shadow of the airplane off to the left of the airplane, as it should be off at the same angle as the shadows of all the buildings.

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