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Mirage or Not? 7 Strange Fata Morgana Sightings From Around the World

Mirage or Not? 7 Strange Fata Morgana Sightings From Around the World 92

By Id Widnyana, Epoch Times

Fata morgana is typically defined as a mysterious phenomenon resulting from atmospheric distortion or optical illusion. Light from an object can be refracted or reflected by air so the observer seems to see something that looks real.

Mirage sightings are not limited to areas in the desert. This phenomenon is also widely seen from the seas, lakes, or layers of ice around the poles. Here are some amazing mirage sightings recorded in history.

1. Mirage of Lake Ontario

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Rochester mirage (Public Domain/Wikimedia)

On August 1894, it was reported that thousands of people in Buffalo, New York witnessed a spectacular mirage on Lake Ontario. The scene was a reflection of Toronto, Charlotte, and suburbs of Rochester reflected 56 miles across the lake.

The Fata Morgana was caused by an intense temperature inversion which led straight-line light rays to curve downwards. In addition, the air was perfectly stable enough for the image to project from a great distance.

The report said that the shadow was so clear that the witnesses could easily see the entire landscape,  a sailboat, and the church spires. The appearance had been witnessed by more than 20,000 people crowding the shores of Lake Ontario.

2. Shadow of Edinburgh Over the City of Liverpool

In Transactions of the British Association for the Advancement of Science of 1847, Dr. DP Thomson reported that the reflected image of Edinburgh stood right around the clouds above the city of Liverpool on Sept. 27, 1846. This scene was witnessed by two residents at the Great Park in Birkenhead for 40 minutes. Edinburgh is a city with a distance of about 325 kilometers north of Liverpool.

3. The Image of Stralsund in Germany

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Stralsund, Germany (Klugschnacker/Wikimedia)

The London Times reported another remarkable mirage that occurred near the German town of Stralsund on July 28, 1846 at 3:30 a.m.

A witness happened to be walking near the Baltic coast when she accidentally saw an image of Stralsund in a pale blue light. This blue light soared above the island of Rugen on the opposite coast for 15 minutes. The picture was so clear that the details of the front of the Gothic church of St. Mary were easily recognized.

4. “Sky” City in Alaska

Mr. Willoughby, an American Miner, told a story that had to do with a legend of Indian tribes. According to the legend, a city appears every summer in the sky near Mount Fairweather, on the Alaska-Yukon border.

Mr. Willoughby said he saw the mirage for the first time in 1887 and showed the photo as evidence to prove the phenomenon was real. In 1889, The New York Times reported that the city in Willoughby’s photos had been identified as the city of Bristol in England. The story and the photos were then put into a book about Alaska by author Bruce Miner.

CW Thornton, a member of the Mount St. Elias expedition in Alaska, was another witness who said he saw what looked like a town during the summer of 1897.

In 1889, The New York Times found another witness who recalled seeing houses, roads, and large buildings resembling mosques or cathedrals near Mount Fairweather.

In June 1897, a correspondent of the Weekly Times and Echo London returned from “Yukon Gold Mine” and claimed that he saw the city in the sky. He wrote, “… whether this city is on the other side of the North Pole, or not, but that this wonderful mirage occurs from time to time every year is a fact, and we are not the only person who witnessed this phenomenon.”

5. Legend of the Flying Dutchman

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Superior mirage of the boats (Public domain/Wikimedia)

The legend of the Flying Dutchman has been around since the 17th century.

The story tells of the ship sailing the seas before a terrible storm sank the ship and killed the crew members  inside. The Flying Dutchman later emerged as a wandering ghost ship that’s haunted by the crew’s souls for all eternity.

There were multiple sightings from sailors who claimed seeing the ship flying out at sea, most of whom took the sighting as a sign of an approaching storm.

However, this phenomenon is now understood as a mirage—not an actual flying ship.

It turns out that lightning and water vapor form a condition that makes a faraway ship appear to be floating on the sea surface. It usually occurs in areas with cold water, such as in the North Sea.

6. City Over Lake Erie

According to The New York Times article for Dec. 21, 1901, a group of fishermen claimed to see the shadow of a large city on the horizon of the frozen ice of Lake Erie.

This shadow was first seen by one fisherman who later told his friends nearby. When they looked up, they too witnessed the strange phenomenon.

The shadow they witnessed was of a big city with hundreds of buildings and roads.  As the shadows grew brighter and sharper, they even saw flames coming out from one building. The fisherman and his company later told reporters that they saw smoke and people emerging from the burning building, with a firetruck on the side of the road.

The scene lasted for half an hour before the mirage faded away.

7. Fata Morgana of Penglai City, Shandong, China

Thousands of tourists and local residents witnessed a super mirage in May 2005. This phenomenon lasted four hours off the coast of Penglai City, Shandong Province.

Prior to the rare phenomenon, Penglai City was soaked by the rain for two days. The rising mist on the shore created the image of a city with modern high-rise buildings. The image was clearly visible as broad city streets were shown crowded with busy cars and people.

Experts say that many mirages have been witnessed in Penglai all throughout history. Because Penglai is located at the peninsular tip of Shandong, the area is known as the abode of the gods.

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Extraterrestrial life forms could have settled in Antarctica 13 thousand years ago

Extraterrestrial life forms could have settled in Antarctica 13 thousand years ago 108

Japanese scientists examined a Martian meteorite found 35 years ago in Antarctica and came to an incredible conclusion. The bacteria found in the stone can grow to enormous sizes. Some researchers believe that this could already have happened millennia ago.

In 2020, Japanese scientists were able to establish the age of bacteria found in a Martian meteorite. The alien bacteria were 4 billion years old, while isotope analysis showed that the meteorite ended up on Earth about 13 thousand years ago. Researchers believe that it was then that the meteorite brought an extraterrestrial life form to our planet.

The fact is that previously none of the scientists tried to look for fragments of life in the fallen meteorites. No one just had such a thought. The first to tackle this business were Japanese researchers from the University of Hiroshima, who developed a special technology for this. The meteorite was irradiated with X-rays, after which the energy with which the radiation was absorbed was measured. Scientists have discovered nitrogen in the stone, which, in fact, indicates the presence of organic matter in the meteorite, that is, biological life.

Scientists have suggested that this piece of stone could have formed as a result of the collision of a large celestial body with Mars. A fragment of the Martian rock drifted in space for a while, and then captured by the Earth’s gravity fell in the Antarctic region. According to researchers, this celestial object brought alien life to Earth.

Some researchers suggest that microorganisms that came to our planet 13 thousand years ago adapted to the harsh conditions of Antarctica and continued their development.

Scientists have come to such unexpected conclusions for a reason. In December 1959, six polar explorers from the 4th Soviet Transantarctic Expedition set off for the South Magnetic Pole. There they encountered a strange phenomenon. While resting, they were attacked by incomprehensible formations resembling ball lightning, which could stretch into a long “sausage”, and holes opened at their end. Only two members of the expedition returned home alive, the rest died. 

Fact:  “After a thorough examination, doctors have established that the cause of the death of the polar explorers was the strongest electromagnetic discharge, like a lightning strike.”

The truth that no one should have known

In 1962, a US expedition of 17 people went to the South Magnetic Pole. They returned without loss, but everyone was immediately sent to the mainland, where they were treated for a long time in psycho-neurological clinics. Officially, it was declared that the expedition took place without any extraordinary events. Nobody was supposed to know the truth.

Extraterrestrial life forms could have settled in Antarctica 13 thousand years ago

30 years later, one of the surviving members of that tragic campaign, Yuri Korshunov, broke his vow of silence. The reason for this was the third encounter with the “aborigines of Antarctica.” In 1991, the French met with them.

The encounter took place again in the area of ​​the South Magnetic Pole. The French tragedy was exactly the same as the Soviet one. The expedition operator Jacques Valence, who saw the glowing ball, rushed to shoot the mysterious object. The ball transformed into a cylinder, then into a “snake” and coiled around Valence. When he fell, the “snake” took the shape of a ball and flew into the sky. The blackened body of the operator and the melted camera remained in the snow.

The French did not make a secret out of the tragedy and told about it in the press. The secret ceased to be a secret and then Korshunov decided to unveil the truth.

According to him, a peculiar form of life in the earth’s radiation belts could have originated much earlier than organic life on the planet’s surface. This is quite a sufficient period for the development of the most sophisticated forms of “living” beings. They are too rarefied to be seen. When approaching the surface of the Earth, these extraterrestrial life forms find themselves in a very dense environment and they become so dense that they become visible.

Live plasma

Scientists are trying to find an explanation for this phenomenon. Some expressed the idea that in addition to the protein form of life we ​​are used to, there can also exist an energy life in the form of a plasma-type substance. Scientists call them plasmoids, although it would be more accurate to call them plasmosaurs. According to the American physicist Roy Christopher, the energetic form of life originated on Earth much earlier than the protein one and its weapon is directed electrical discharges.

The researchers suggested that plasmosaurs could be the very evolved microorganisms that came to us on Earth 13 thousand years ago along with a Martian meteorite.

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A “mysterious explosion” in Sasovo in 1991 from the newly declassified CIA documents on UFO reports

A "mysterious explosion" in Sasovo in 1991 from the newly declassified CIA documents on UFO reports 109

Recently, 700 classified CIA documents were published simultaneously, which describe cases of observation of strange objects in the sky only observation (!). In them, among other things, they write about a strange case with a UFO in Russia that seems to be related to the explosion in Beirut a few months ago, and they allegedly said that the explosion was caused by large amounts of ammonia nitrate, ie fertilizers stored in port while nowhere in history has such an explosion been allegedly caused by fertilizers.

Black Vault site owner John Greenwald Jr. He said it took a lot of effort to persuade the CIA to declassify the UFO documents by sending thousands of requests to the agency under the Freedom of Information Act.

A case in Russia mentioned in these documents is related to the mysterious explosion in Sasovo, Russia in 1991. The strange explosion occurred in this city at night, shaking even large buildings.

The small town of Sasovo is located about 300 kilometers southeast of Moscow. At 1.34 a.m. on April 12, 1991, half a mile from the southwestern outskirts of the city, a huge explosion was heard. Many government buildings and private homes were blown up by the shockwave, windows were shattered and fragments were thrown as far as thirty kilometers away, reaching the town of Chuykovo.

At the site of the explosion, a huge crater was created with a diameter of about 28 meters and a depth of 3 to 4 meters. In the middle of the crater there was a large bulge of soil 3.5 meters in diameter. Huge chunks of icy soil were scattered around the crater up to two hundred meters away. 

The magnitude of the explosion was so strong that the frozen pieces were thrown to a huge height in the air, and fell and were nailed deep into the ground. According to experts who carefully examined the incident, they pointed out that 25 tons of explosives would be needed to create this effect.

Military experts, such as Colonel Prodan and fire chief Matveyev, with extensive experience in similar incidents, said that in their view, the explosion in Sasovo was unusual. They used it as an argument for this view, that there was a total absence of chemicals that are always found after an ordinary explosion. Also the earthen lump in the middle of the crater is not something that is found in such cases. Even the way the shockwave propagated did not match a “standard” explosion.

The newspaper Komsomolskaia Pravda, proceeded to cite some testimonies about the incident but without commenting and drawing conclusions. From the testimonies it emerged:

  • Immediately after the explosion, a sound was heard like that of a fighter plane flying away from the area, but without noticing it.
  • An eyewitness said two explosions were actually heard, followed by a flash of light, followed by the sound of a jet fighter. And he claimed that he did not see any aircraft.
  • Another witness said that just above the power lines, 100 meters from the crater, a bluish, arc-like glow was visible.

The Russian government attributed the explosion to a large amount of ammonia nitrate in a report, military experts categorically ruled out this version.

The official version spoke of an accidental explosion of ammonium nitrate fertilizers, but many people insisted that before the explosion, they saw a strange “moving fireball” in the sky and were sure it was a UFO.

It’s a similar story to the explosion in Beirut: The FBI did not officially determine the cause – It is estimated that it was caused by an accident .. Two US government sources, who have learned about the official report and analysis of the circumstances of the explosion, said that the US services are also very convinced that the explosion caused by large quantities of ammonium nitrate, which was stored in a port building for years, was due to an accident.

Another incident of declassified records is a story that took place in January 1985, when the crew of a passenger plane en route from Rostov to Tallinn saw a strange object in the sky. The pilot who first spotted him at the beginning looked like an unusual star.

But suddenly a thin ray of light came out of this “star” and fell perpendicular to the ground, the ray of light splitting in two. All four people in the cockpit watched in surprise as two cones of light from the object fell on a white spot in the sky. While one pilot was wondering if he would report what they see in the control tower, at the risk of being considered insane. Suddenly, the white spot turned into a huge green cloud and then the pilot was forced to deviate from the course of the plane, because this object began to approach the plane at high speed at an angle.

After that, the crew contacted the air traffic controller at the nearest airport, it was Minsk Airport, and told them that they did not see anything unusual on their radars. However, the green cloud, meanwhile, began to follow the plane, “as if it were attached to it.” From inside the cloud, small lights shone, “like the lights of a Christmas tree.” 

The green cloud flew around the plane and one pilot shouted “Look, he’s imitating us!” as the “cloud” took the shape of a wingless plane. The cloud began to shine with yellow and green light. When the passengers of the plane were worried, the pilot told them that it was North Sela. It is reported that this cloud was seen by a pilot of another Tu-134 plane that flew in the same area,

In November 1955, one of the passengers on a train suddenly announced that he had seen a UFO in the sky. When he told the other passengers the lights went out and then they could see a “shadow” on the horizon in the sky. The shape of the object was not clear in the dark sky, but it looked like a half balloon with a small canopy at the top. 

The object was slowly rising vertically from the ground. At the top of its dome, a bright white light could be seen, and a pinkish-white glow along the perimeter of the “sphere”. The object was “like a small plane” in size and was about 3 km from the train. Suddenly, the passengers saw that the UFO stopped going up and suddenly moved in their direction, flying at high speed over the train and disappeared.

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The mystery of the Nazca geoglyphs: they can be a spaceship landing pad or a water delivery complex

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The Nazca Lines are mysterious blueprints and signs that are found in the desert in southern Peru. They are about two thousand years old. Symbols in the form of signs, some of which resemble animal figures, have no analogues in the world. Scientists have been trying for years to figure out what meanings they have. It looks like a key has been found to the secret.

For many years, researchers have adhered to two versions. The Nazca Lines can represent either an alien spacecraft landing pad or a complex system of irrigation canals. Both versions one and the second have their advantages, but there was more evidence in favor of the irrigation system.

They were first discovered in 1940 by UFO hunters. From a bird’s eye view, the beauty of complex and simple patterns is mesmerizing. They traverse the barren desert south of Lima.

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Ufologists believe that these geoglyphs serve as a kind of reference point for aliens. Archaeologists claim that the lines were created by the pre-Columbian civilization but their exact purpose is not clear. A group of engineers led by Carlos Hermida from Spain came to the conclusion that there is nothing mysterious about the lines. The Nazca Lines are nothing more than a complex system of irrigation canals.

Hermida believes that the mystery of the drawings was solved with the help of numerous convincing evidence. These lines, in his opinion, were created using a pre-Inca technique known as water harvesting.

The satellites have created a mosaic of nearly 4,000 photographs that can be used for detailed analysis of geoglyphs. The mosaic has 75 rows and 50 columns of images. In total, it covers an area of ​​about 2500 square kilometers in the desert. Engineers are confident that this complex system served for irrigation – water through canals filled dry areas to the desired moisture level.

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