Inferior Mirage off Coast of Taiwan

December 26, 2023

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Photographer: Meiying Lee  
Summary Author: Meiying Lee  

The photo above shows an inferior mirage of distant ships. It was taken off the northwest coast of Taiwan on the morning of November 22, 2023. This was the first time I'd ever seen such a mirage on the open sea. On this morning vessels were performing maintenance on offshore wind turbines (right center), some 2-3 miles (3-5 km) from my location at Hsinchu. When I looked at them using a smart telescope I actually saw that the sea surface was like a mirror and the vessels formed a very clear Inferior mirage. Note that the horizon seems to be missing. Additionally, the base of the vessels cannot be seen, either below or above the line joining the real view and the mirage. This is known as as the vanishing-line effect.

To see a video of this mirage, click here. You'll observe on this clip that the mirage of the ships, wind turbines, oyster racks, foraging seabirds and even fishermen at work all come into view one by one. It was a very special sight! 

 

Hsinchu, Taiwan, Coordinates: 24.8138, 120.9675

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