Verify: Does this photo actually show Austin's skyline building progress?

AUSTIN - It's a photo gaining a lot of traction on Facebook showing what it claims is Austin's skyline in 2010 and then again this year. It is an impressive difference, but is it real?

The short answer is "Yes," but the long answer is a bit more complicated.

A photo surface online in multiple venues in Austin showing what is alleged to be the cities skyline in 2010 compared to the skyline in 2017. The photo from 2017 shows a clear distinction in buildings and building density and had many folks online asking if it was real.

To verify that question, KVUE's Jason Puckett tried to emulate the images. 

The "2010" photo was taken at Zilker Park. When a new photo was taken in the same location, it was clear that many of the buildings now in the photo did not exist in the top photo on the viral image.

The closest angle possible to recreate the bottom image was from the MoPac bridge over Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake and showed a very similar image. 

While we cannot 100 percent say the photos are accurate images, nor can we confirm the exact time they were taken, we were able to recreate them similarly enough to verify that the "2017" image does show a realistic view of downtown Austin.

For those interested, the top photo was taken southwest of the city at Zilker Park, the "2017" image was taken almost due-west of the city.

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