Aerial Photos Reveal How Area 51 Has Expanded Over Last 30 Years

by : Francesca Donovan on : 01 Dec 2016 18:17

A new timelapse tool rolled out by Google Earth shows how much Area 51 has grown in the past three decades.


Truth-seekers and UFOlogists everywhere have flocked to the website to dissect the exponential growth of America’s mysterious military base; the suspected location of the States’ top secret alien investigations in Nevada.

The images, captured annually since 1984 are a sight to behold.

The Google Earth engine stitches together 33 separate images taken on clear days throughout each year to form an accurate picture of anywhere in the world; no exceptions, not even for the government imposed 25 mile no-fly zone surrounding the barren land.


Area 51, which sits between a dry lake bed and a small mountain, is shrouded in secrecy; here, the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird and the F-117A Nighthawk stealth fighter were all built for war.

But according to conspiracy theorists and alien investigators, Area 51 is also the source of American communication with extra terrestrials.

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There’s one thing we can all now agree on, thanks to these timelapse photos, and that is the undeniable growth of Area 51.

The base has visibly expanded and over the past three decades. The original runway was widened and a larger, second runway was built alongside construction at the north of the base. Invisible to the naked eye – and Google Earth – is the excavation into the mountainside.


After these revelations, the question still remains: What really goes on in the wilds of the Nevada desert?

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.

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