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Harvest moon mirage

When you look over an ocean at a distorted sun or moon, the reason is most often that the low slanting rays of the object are being highly refracted between air layers of different temperatures.

Gene Aubin in Newport, Oregon caught the setting Harvest Moon over the ocean on the morning of October 5, 2017. The distortion is a type of mirage, caused by refraction. Visit Gene at Along the Trail Photography.

Read more about what causes a mirage like this one at Les Cowley’s website, Atmospheric Optics.

Deborah Byrd

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