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Mirages?

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A mirage (as like the ones that you see on the roads when it's hot outside)...if it really isn't there and is therefore a mirage, then how in the heck do you see reflections when you look at it?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 5:32 PM on Sep. 10, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • According to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirage


    A highway mirage is an inferior mirage which can be seen very commonly on roadways by day or by night. The hot-road mirage is usually most noticeable on hot sunny days.

    Warm air is less dense than cool air, and the variation between the hot air at the surface of the road and the denser cool air above it creates a gradient in the refractive index of the air. Light from the sky at a shallow angle to the road is refracted by the index gradient, making it appear as if the sky is reflected by the road's surface. The result looks to the human mind like a pool of water on the road, since water also reflects the sky.
    geminilove

    Answer by geminilove at 6:02 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

  • A trick of the mind?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:35 PM on Sep. 10, 2009

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