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A superior mirage occurs when the air below the line of sight is colder than that above. This is called a temperature inversion, since it does not represent the normal equilibrium temperature gradient of the atmosphere. Since in this case the light rays are bent down, the image appears above the true object, hence the name superior. They are in general less common than inferior mirages, but when they do occur they tend to be more stable, as cold air has no tendency to move up and warm air no tendency to move down.
Originally posted by Phage
Hoax, and a very bad one. The shots, in order:
- A satellite, probably ISS
- No background, no point of reference. "It's moving fast". OK, I believe him, don't you?
- Satellite, probably ISS
- No background, no point of reference. While zooming out we hear "it's moving away". It's an object alright, but not a UFO
- Looks like a star. Altair and Capella are candidates.
- Offshore oil platform
- No background, no frame of reference, same "thing on a string" we saw before
- Oil platform
- Couldn't watch anymore
[edit on 10-10-2008 by Phage]
Originally posted by AntisepticSkeptic