what’s the actual reasoning to mirages looking like a floating visual obstruction on a street?

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like why do they look dark ish from afar and then get lighter and then visually disappear

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Sun heats ground, in turn air near the ground is also heated, hot air then rises, when light travels through the rising hot air, it gets bent. Your eyes perceive this bent light as an image.

As you get closer the angle of light and it’s bending effect changes and is reduced.