Superior Mirages


Image credit: Shawn Stockman Malone

In the last post, we have shown a view of the Chicago Skyline from 59 miles away.  While globeaholics have decided that this is only possible due to a phenomenon known as a “superior mirage”, we don’t believe this for a moment.  As seen above, a superior mirage is inverted, appearing upside down, as well as quite distorted.  It becomes perfectly clear, then, that the only way we are able to see over such vast distances, is beacuse there is no curvature to the earth.

Tim McCree posted a comment below, which makes reference to the YouTube video that inspired this blog entry.  Here is the video in question.

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  1. Tim McCreeTim McCree11-13-2015

    I saw the YT video where the weatherman tries to get us to believe that an image very much like the one you used in the Earth Curve post was a Superior Mirage. As you point out, that is not how mirages work. Here is the video in question…

  2. Flat HeadFlat Head11-13-2015

    Hey Tim, thanks for your post. Definitely the image was taken by the same photographer, and might be the same one he refers to. The globe supporters seem to use this excuse to explain the apparent lack of any curvature on earth. I have entered into discussions with globeaholics, some of whom will tell me that this is caused by refraction (I plan to write about that soon), or this Superior Mirage phenomenon. At that point I throw my hands in the air and give up. I will add the video to the post.

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