Why does a mirage reflect the ground and area in front of it? E.G a car traveling on the highway where you can see the reflection on the road.

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Why does a mirage reflect the ground and area in front of it? E.G a car traveling on the highway where you can see the reflection on the road.

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Long answer: In hot temperatures, the air closer to the ground is cooler than the air higher up ( hot things rise higher ). A ray of light coming from the sky going diagonally down gets ‘refracted’ diagonally up due to bottom hair having higher refractive index.

This bending of light ray is actually happening due to refraction, but our brain processes it as due to reflection and looks like water is spilt on the ground.

Short answer: Which shithole do you live in where this isnt taught by the 7th grade at max?

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