Expert explains the science behind ‘floating boats’

Expert explains the science behind 'floating boats'

An expert explained the science behind the bizarre phenomenon that makes boats appear to be floating above water.

A recent photo taken in Falmouth, Cornwall appears to show a ship hovering over water, but this is actually the result of a certain set of weather conditions.

The unusual optical illusion is known as Fata Morgana and is created when the sun heats the atmosphere above the land or the sea, resulting in a gradient of temperatures.

Credit: Apex / David Morris

BBC Meteorologist David Braine explained, “Higher mirages occur due to weather conditions known as temperature inversion, where cold air is near the sea and warmer air above.

“Because cold air is denser than warm air, it bends the light toward the eyes of someone standing on the ground or on the coast, changing the appearance of a distant object.

“Higher mirages can produce different types of images – here a distant ship appears to be floating above its actual position, but sometimes an object below the horizon can become visible.”

Meanwhile, another optical illusion left a Chicago woman stumped, as she filmed a seemingly motionless plane in the sky.

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