What is Mirage Effect? Why do you see water on the road in the afternoon on sunny days? What science says about this, we will know in today’s post.
You must have seen somewhere in the afternoon (when it is sunny) that water is visible from afar on the road, but when you go there, nothing happens there. Meaning the road appears to be shining when viewed from a distance, but on approaching the road is completely black and does not shine.
Such camouflage often occurs even in the desert, because the desert is very sunny. It is also called Miraj, in which water is visible from a distance, but it is not there. It’s a hoax, but why does it happen?
What is Mirage Effect?
In science, this type of illusion is called a mirage. In this, a lake of water or a shining area is visible in the distance. During the summer, the air on the surface of the earth gets heated and starts moving upwards. The air above is cold, which is rooted in the hot air, so it starts coming down. Due to this some layer of hot and cold air is prepared.
When the sun’s rays fall on the layer in these hot and cold air, then such an illusion occurs. Due to this, we can see the water from a distance on the road on a sunny day. As soon as the rays of the sun settle on this layer of hot and cold air, then we see some shadow or glow. The path of the rays to the sun is distracted, this creates an imaginary shadow of the object at that place. Due to this a mirage effect is created and we see water. In the Mirage effect, other than water or shadow, there are other types of illusions.
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