Mila Zinkova
Image taken:
Aug. 4, 2009
Location:
San Francisco, California, USA
Details:
Yesterday I looked at the horizon and saw Farallon Islands gently hanging at the sky and well above the ocean. Nearby two ships were floating even higher over the sky. I sent the image to Dr. Andrew Young. Dr Young explained to me that there are few phenomena involved. He wrote: "This is probably looming (and mirage) of the sea surface beyond the apparent horizon. The sea surface seems to be unusually calm; perhaps the wind was blowing offshore, and damping the incoming swells? So the sky reflected in the middle distance is not far above the sea horizon. But the sea *at* the horizon is dark (meaning the waves are steeper there). That lighter strip of sea gives the impression of being a miraged zone, because it matches the sky so well."
 
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