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What is the Mirage on Lake Michigan?

What is the Mirage on Lake Michigan?

It was something almost as odd: a mirage of the Chicago skyline, upside-down, from the other side of the lake — about 60 miles away. It’s known as a superior mirage, and it’s caused by a large, well-defined area of warm air over a layer of colder air that distorts light rays.

What is the Mirage Tavern investigation?

The Mirage Tavern was a drinking establishment at 731 N. Wells St. in Chicago purchased by the watchdog group Better Government Association and the Chicago Sun-Times in 1977 to investigate widespread allegations of official corruption and shakedowns visited on small businesses by city officials.

Why can you see Chicago from Michigan?

“What’s happening is the light from Chicago is being bent by the cold air above lake Michigan, slightly downward towards the observer here. That’s helping light rays get around the curvature of the earth, so that Chicago can be seen almost all the way down to ground level,” Dr. Rennie said.

Can you see Chicago from South Haven?

Not even close. You’d have to go up about two-thirds of a mile (3,488 feet) in the air to see Chicago from South Haven.

Is Mirage upside down?

Superior mirages can make things appear bigger, closer, or suspended in air. A superior mirage can be right-side up or upside down, depending on the distance of the true object and the temperature gradient. Often the image appears as a distorted mixture of up and down parts.

Can you see the Chicago skyline from Indiana Dunes?

From the Indiana Dunes beach, you can just barely see the Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan. Here, the sun is setting to the south (left) of the city. Look on the right side of the horizon and you can see the Sears tower and the rest of the skyline faintly visible.

How deep is Lake Michigan in Chicago?

But equally astounding is its depth: average of 279 feet, and a maximum of 923 feet -almost as deep as the John Hancock building is tall! A drop of water entering the Lake hangs out almost 100 years before making its way on into Lake Huron. Looking so much like the ocean, Lake Michigan can fool you!

Why is it called a Fata Morgana?

It is an Italian term named after the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, from a belief that these mirages, often seen in the Strait of Messina, were fairy castles in the air or false land created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their deaths.

Is Fata Morgana real?

A Fata Morgana is most commonly seen in polar regions, especially over large sheets of ice that have a uniform low temperature. It may, however, be observed in almost any area. In polar regions the Fata Morgana phenomenon is observed on relatively cold days.

What is special about Indiana Dunes State Park?

Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals.