Google Maps has opened up a whole new perspective on what we see from above.

Before its launch in 2005, you had to rely on Nasa or bagging a window seat on your holiday flight to get a glimpse of the Earth from on high. But today Google Maps lets us see just about everything the planet has to offer, as well as guiding us from A to B and letting us explore at ground level using Street View.

 

Hit play on the video above to discover some strange areas on Google Maps and check out our full range of coverage below.

Weird and scary findings on Google Maps:

An underwater alien base

A sea monster

8 of the strangest sightings on Google Maps

Google Street View has mysteriously hidden two houses in Teesside and no one knows why

Hidden secrets on Google Maps:

6 top secret places hidden by Google Maps

From air bases to maximum security prisons: places you’re not allowed to see on Google Earth

Explore Britain’s abandoned villages using Google Maps

Google Maps Easter Eggs:

Google Street View cameras let you visit the world’s largest model railway

Google Maps past versus present: See how London has changed in the last 100 years

Guess who the little Google Maps man turns into when you search for Windsor Castle

Dive inside a sub with Google Maps

Tardis materialises on Google Maps

Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley comes to Google Maps

Tour the Natural History Museum without leaving home

Explore 10 Downing Street from your smartphone

Google Maps tricks:

No internet connection? How to use Google Maps offline

How to fix and improve GPS on your Android phones and tablets

7 great tips and tricks for getting more out of Google Maps

How to use Google Maps

Fly like a pilot from the comfort of your own home using Google Earth

Want your face or property blurred out of Google Street View? Here’s how to remove them

Have you seen anything bizarre on Google Maps? Share them with us in the Comments section below.