Go to this satellite image and zoom in on Londons Russell Square to see something a bit scary. I certainly dont recall seeing anything coming in quite that low when I was staying in that neighbourhood. (Id be less surprised if it were San Diego.)
I just thought of a possible explanation. It has to do with the way perspective works in photographs taken at great distances. But I dont know enough about the subject to know whether it applies in this case.
It’s aerial photography, not a satellite image. Anything that is thousands of feet above the ground will come out looking all weird.
Judging by the out-of-proportion size, the plane is pretty high above the ground and building tops. A good catch though.
The aircraft is pointed at Gatwick Airport, although not at any of its runways. Check out images of that airport or Heathrow to see how big a 777 would be on the ground and you’ll see the perspective difference.
it’s doesn’t seem to be as low as it looks, as i cant find it’s shadow.you can see the shadows form the trees and buildings, but not the plane.
Here’s the perspective trick I had in mind that might explain why the plane looks bigger than it is. But I’m not sure what the relative angles would be in this case — certainly not the degree of disparity one has with the moon.