This is New York City by St. Patrick's Cathedral
Note how the buildings are stitched together from different pictures at different angles. This gives the impression of impossible geometric structures. I don't know why they do this but it's interesting. Maybe M.C. Escher worked on it ;o)
Notre Dame in Paris
This is the best resolution on the free Google Earth. You can see people all over the place but you can't positively identify them as people except by the context, i.e. if you saw these "spots" out in the desert you couldn't distinguish them from bushes.
Correction: The best resolution is Las Vegas (so far that I've seen). You can see individual identified by their shadows.
This is the Paris Zoo
Here is the only animal that I can possitively identify from ... hmmmm ... maybe this isn't a satellite photo. The better picks may be just arial photographs taken from planes. The brown is the animal and the shadow is the means of identification.
Here's Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands
I've been exploring the Falkland Islands because I just can't imagine why about 3000 people choose to live there. I circled what I believe to be a two-story building ... if it is, it's the only one on the island. The picture represents about 25% of all the structures on the Falkland Islands.
What's the attraction? It's cold and windy and there isn't even a single soccer field (they're British). What do they do for entertainment? Anyway the best way to find human habitations in the rest of the island is to find a road and follow it to the end. You can find a house or barn. Check out the few "homes" on the west island. Why are there people there? Do they have any electricity? To me, this proves that interplanetary travel is possible. These people live on another planet and don't seem to mind it at all ;o)
Kingston, New York
My wife and I were at Hudson Valley Mall about 20 years ago (late 80's). As we walked to the car (after nightfall), a woman said, "What's that?". I looked and said. "Those are those guys in ultra-lites who go around in formation trying to look like a UFO.". She was satisfied with this and left. I watched for a few minutes as the wide "V" formation wheeled slowly around ... too slow for an airplane but maybe not for an ultra-lite. There were about a dozen white lights and I estimated the formation to be about a half mile wide (since confirmed by looking at the Google Earth map here tilted to look like what I was seeing). They were perfectly aligned and didn't lose their lineup to any perceptable degree while moving which I found to be puzzling. I regret not watching them longer as I'm sure they would have given themselves away somehow. As it is ... maybe it was the real Hudson Valley Boomerang as it was then called.
Interestingly, if you saw this formation and said it was probably a formation of ultr-lites, the skeptics would accept your tale of a large "V" formation. But if you said that you saw that same "V" formation for awhile ... then ... it zoomed up into the stratosphere in less than a second ... those same skeptics would say, "You saw the planet Venus combined with unusual atmospheric conditions". They wouldn't accept that same "V" formation as "real" because you associated it with an "impossible" condition. "Human perception is flawed" (M.Schermer) ... it's fine when you're describing a bus or bridge or hot air balloon ... but if it's disc shaped and zooming all over the place, your judgement is no good. Therefore you're a nutcase ;o)
He's got a smaller buddy about two blocks to the southwest (17 32 18 86 S and 149 33 51 66 W. But this one would be going slower ... so ... it may be a camera aberation. But I can't imagine what would cause it. It would have to be in the camera itself and not on the ground though. Or, they may be together and have just started accelerating ... ??
I'm really enjoying Google Earth. As I've said in the past ... "The best programs are the free ones. When you pay lots of money, you end up not using the thing." I can see the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal and the Dumpster next to my apartment with equal ease.