A walker caught a spectacular snapshot off the coast of England. A ship just seemed to float in the air.
The pictures that the Brit took of it are now going around the world. But this is not a clever photo montage, and secret services or extraterrestrials do not have their fingers in the game. As the meteorologist David Braine explains on the station’s website, Morris witnessed a rare phenomenon.
Light is bent
This only comes about under “special atmospheric circumstances” that “bend the light”. The reason for this could be an inversion weather situation with different air temperatures. Closer to the water there is cooler air, while the air above is warmer.
“Because cooler air is denser than warmer, it bends the light for the viewer and thus changes the appearance of a distant object,” says Braine. This creates a particularly spectacular mirage.
Another explanation for the surprising snapshot could have been special cloud constellations. According to the expert, such optical illusions mainly occur near the Arctic. In Great Britain you can only rarely see them and especially in winter.
A similar sighting had taken place a week ago in Aberdeenshire, a few hundred miles from Falmouth.
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