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Fata Morgana Provides Eerie Look at Chicago Across Lake Michigan
Published: April 18, 2017
Imagine looking across Lake Michigan expecting to see just the sun on the horizon, but instead you see a stretched city. That's what happened in New Buffalo, Michigan, on Monday.
What is seen here is the city of Chicago from the town of New Buffalo, which are roughly 45 miles apart.
According to NASA, the Windy City seems so much closer because of the way light is bent through layers of varying density. The light that reaches your eyes comes from different angles across the lake, and thus the city seems to be growing or even floating.
This same effect can cause islands or even mountains to trick your eyes. It made one city float in China.
This mirage may have even played a role in the sinking of the Titanic.
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