Ship & Sunset Mirage - San Francisco

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Mock Mirage, M-Mir, sunset at San Francisco imaged by Mila Zinkova (site). The top of the strong inversion layer producing the lower mirage was roughly at the height of the ship's funnel - Mila was observing from above the layer. The inversion was produced by warm air from inland flowing over air cooled by the cold California Ocean Current. Frames 4-9 show clearly the inverted and erect images of a mock mirage and how they evolve. Within the layer below the ship's funnel, the upper brighter image is an ascending inverted image of the sun's upper limb. The lower image, showing a greater extinction, is a descending erect image. Images ©Mila Zinkova, shown with permission.