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Will I be able to see my house in an aerial photograph? Will enlarging the image let me see more detail?

The ability to see specific items in an aerial image is mostly a function of scale and resolution. The following aerial photography products all have a resolution of 1 meter or better, so you should be able to see an object the size of a house: 

Use EarthExplorer to search for the aerial photography resolution that fits your needs. In the "Additional Criteria" tab, indicate the desired scale range using the "Scale" option. Scales of 1:500 to 1:24,000 are best for identifying buildings. Scales of 1:20,000 to 1:80,000 work well for agriculture and geologic interpretation. Scales in excess of 1:100,000 provide regional assessment information.

Enlarging an aerial photograph will only make the object bigger; it will not add more detail in the object. Photographic resolution (image resolution) deteriorates with each enlargement.

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