|Eclipse with a Difference
An image by Jeremy Kirkendall of the November 3rd 2013 partial solar eclipse. Taken at Point Lookout State Park in Maryland as as the eclipsed sun rose over Chesapeake Bay.
The two bright areas at the false horizon are part of an inverted miraged image. Look at the line of clouds. They are miraged too and apparently mirrored about a line above the sea - the mirage 'vanishing line'.
The choppy upper level of the sea is not the horizon, it is the lower edge of the mirage.
©Jeremy Kirkenall, shown with permission
|Left: An equivalent miraged uneclipsed sun and its time sequence (a sunset) captured a few years ago by Michael Myers.
The sun takes on an omega or 'Etruscan vase' shape. The lower image is an inverted sun.
A layer of warm air beneath cooler air produced the eclipse mirage. Probably the air had been warmed overnight by contact with the relatively warmer ocean.
|Another eclipse mirage, this time sunrise at Kourou, French Guiana 22nd September 2006 imaged by Michael Gill.
Here is visible proof that the lower sun image is inverted.