Google Earth, the virtual globe, map and geographical information program was originally called EarthViewer 3D and was created by Keyhole Inc, a CIA funded company acquired by Google in 2004.
It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information systems onto a 3D globe.
The tool proves things can look very different given a new perspective. From a phallic shaped church to a boy with a horses head, it's all here in this list of weirdest things seen on Google Earth.
Dog and bones
In 2013, an image from Google Earth went viral after it appeared to show a man carrying a body into a river. The image was brought to the world's attention by a man from Holland who said on social media that the 'murder scene' was near his home.
One of the most eerie places on Earth is the 'airplane boneyard' of Tucson, Arizona. Google Earth reveals the scale of the 'graveyard' which contains over 4,500 aircraft put out to pasture, totalling $35 billion in value.
Sketched into the desert in Chile, is a strange drawing that has baffled tourists and Google Earth users since 1997. Online speculation suggested it could be a landing strip for alien spacecraft or an ancient monument.
But it was revealed to be a giant piece of artwork. The sketch, which measures over one million square feet and appears to be half cat half human, has been called 'the big friendly giant'.