reply to post by ArMaP
Not many of the surrounding stars in google sky look as well-defined or symmetrical as the "spaceship" object. But there are many objects in the
vicinity of that star (I do believe it is a star, see previous post) that look similarly chopped up and/or distorted. This could be caused by the
data compression google used for the software. There are alot of different possible causes for those abnormally-shaped stars.
The star which seems to comprise the "spaceship" itself has just about a magnitude of 19. That is not a lot of light. The surrounding stars are
also extremely dim or at least very similar in apparent magnitude.
Since I have google sky now, I went in, again, to that exact area of sky to take a couple more screenshots of some of these similar "abnormally
shaped" stars in the area. They don't quite look 100% like the "spaceship", but I think it proves there is some kind of data compression and/or
imaging or data processing issue that has caused these abnormalities to show up in google sky for all these very dim stars.
I went into Wikisky earlier tonite which allows you to select from a variety of different sky surveys. None of them made this star look anything
close to a spaceship (though it was blurry because it is so distant and/or dim even though the exact distance to this star is unknown).
If you look closely at all these stars in google sky (really really close up) in the vicinity of the "spaceship" you will notice a grid pattern
inside the "distoredly shapen" stars. This grid pattern could be the pixelation caused by the data compression? The spaceship is not a perfect
example of this unless you account for the straight lines of the object as all being aligned with this exact same grid.
Spaceship closeup again:
Some better examples of this "grid pattern" that is possible pixelation:
I also thought this was important to note..
I did some searching and found a similar-looking "bird of prey" spaceship
at 18.2773 Right Ascension, -123.752 Declination. You can see that here:
This causes me to believe that these objects are being caused by either a data compression/digitization issue with the original data or a
compression/digitilization issue with how that data was used in google sky in particular. If you look at some of the surrounding stars, alot of them
have 2 black holes in the middle of the distorted area of the star. In some of the stars it looks as though the distorted areas/pixels next to these
2 dark holes are missing causing a central, elongated object with 2 elongated "arms" or "wings" on either side of the central elongated object
that looks like a spaceship.
These are some great examples of the distroted area with the 2 dark areas inside it.
Since these "spaceships" all look generally the same, that's a key that there is something going on with pixelation and/or compression of the image
data making itself known in at least some of these sky survey images google is using. But, like I said, it could also be something related to google
re-sizing or compressing the data somehow for making it easier to load in google sky.