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Re: Astounding Floating City Phenomenon In China

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 13:58:46 +0100
Archived: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:19:35 -0400
Subject: Re: Astounding Floating City Phenomenon In China


>From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates" <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:22:40 +0100
>Subject: Re: Astounding Floating City Phenomenon In China

>>From: Gregory Boone <evolbaby.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2011 23:08:27 -0400 (EDT)
>>Subject: Astounding Floating City Phenomenon In China

>>This is just astounding:

>>http://tinyurl.com/5t94s7f

>>Residents in China kept seeing cities, in full detail floating
>>in the sky.

>>The images are caught on camera and are very clear.

>>The explanation of weather temperatures and water vapor is good
>>and could be a good source to help solve some UFO sightings.

>Hi Greg

>I know no more than you but some comments below that story
>suggest the media has confused the issue because of a
>translation problem.

>Here are a couple of the comments:

>"Apparently this is has been missinterpreted. The buildings are
>in fact real. The locals are talking about how all the mist
>makes the city look like the buildings are floating in the
>clouds like a fairy tale. There is no mirage."

>- Chris, Dublin, 26/6/2011 13:38

>"It's frightening to think that the person who wrote this
>article is supposed to be a 'reporter'. It took me about a
>minute to find out that you've misconstrued this whole thing.
>That Is Not A Mirage! The people are simply saying that it looks
>like the buildings look like they are floating on clouds. Those
>buildings are real and situated where they always are!"

I agree that, barring a hoax, this conclusion is the likely
explanation. They certainly are not mirage images and it's
depressing that ITN (apparently) can be so silly. The talk of
"heavy downpours" and "humidity" is relevant to the very obvious
heavy cloud and local mist that we can see obscuring any
possible optical raypath near the horizon and making any sort of
mirage impossible, but is completely irrelevant to the mechanism
of mirage.

"It is believed that the sight may have been a mirage - a form
of illusion that is common in in humid weather. The phenomenon
is caused when moisture in the air becomes warmer than the
temperature of water below."

Nonsense. Mirage is not common in humid weather and has nothing
to do with water temperature. At visible wavelengths the
refractive index of air is controlled by the temperature alone
and temperature gradients cause mirages. The moisture content
has almost no detectable effect at all.


Martin Shough




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