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Mirage from dozens of miles away shows Chicago skyline

This was shot from Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, Michigan after sunset on April 29. (Source: Joshua Nowicki/@StartVisiting) This was shot from Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, Michigan after sunset on April 29. (Source: Joshua Nowicki/@StartVisiting)
Joshua Nowicki took this photo of the Chicago skyline from Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville, Michigan on April 28. (Source: Joshua Nowicki/@StartVisiting) Joshua Nowicki took this photo of the Chicago skyline from Grand Mere State Park in Stevensville, Michigan on April 28. (Source: Joshua Nowicki/@StartVisiting)
BRIDGMAN, MI (KFVS) - The Chicago skyline has been photographed thousands of times, but a recent picture of a mirage of the skyline is making rounds on social media.

Photographer Joshua Nowicki took pictures from Warren Dunes State Park in Bridgman, Michigan roughly 50 miles away from the Chicago skyline across Lake Michigan. He posted them to his Twitter account @StartVisiting and a timelapse video on his YouTube page.

What he captured is a superior mirage of the skyline.

So how does that happen?

It's called a Fata Morgana which is an unusual and complex form of a superior mirage seen in a narrow band just above the horizon.

This happens when air below the line of sight is colder than the air above it. The image appears above the true object.

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