Is the ship really floating in the sky? Here the science behind ‘Hovering ship’

Undoubtedly, this Hovering Ship’s picture will be in the beginning among the photographs that have spread on social media and news media all over the world since yesterday. At first glance, it won’t be easy to believe even your own eyes! Is the ship really floating in the sky? Or is it a manipulation of Photoshop?

David Morris took the photographs of Hovering ship from the hamlet of Gillan, near Falmouth

David Morris took a photo of the Hovering ship near Falmouth, Cornwall.

It’s actually a mirage game called “Superior Mirage,” which also lifted the ship into the sky. But what is the science behind it?

BBC meteorologist David Braine said the “superior mirage” occurred because of “special atmospheric conditions that bend light”.

He said, The illusion is common in the Arctic, but can appear “very rarely” in the UK during winter.

The first thing is, what happens in the mirage? As a result of refraction, the beam of light bends, and we see something distant in a different position.

Now let’s talk about Superior Mirage. This is also nothing new. It is very common in polar regions. In this case, the object being seen moves quite upwards from its original position. Why? Due to temperature inversion.

Superior Mirage

According to the normal temperature gradient, warm air will be at the bottom, and cool air will be at the top. But in this case, there is a relatively cool air below the line of sight, which is called temperature inversion as opposed to normal conditions. At this time, the light ray coming from that distant object bends downwards. As a result, the object appears to be above its original position.

This incident also hints at another wonderful history story and the misconceptions created by the limitations of scientific knowledge at the time. Many tourists who once traveled by sea have reported seeing ships or islands that they have seen floating in the sky! That flying ship is telling us that this is actually the work of this superior mirage.