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I took this photo. Above the horizon there is a thick line that looks like a cloud, but it surely isn't. Is this a Fata Morgana? What do you think?

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Fata Morgana?

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closed as off topic by Michael Nielsen, AJ Henderson, MikeW, coneslayer, John Cavan Jun 20 '13 at 21:33

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I'd say no. it is not something that looks "floating" or "mysterious" It just looks like the density of clouds are thicker back there due to the angle of view being more straight through there. – Michael Nielsen Jun 20 '13 at 18:36
I have a feeling this would be a question for – Danny T. Jun 20 '13 at 18:57
Already did – Andrey B Jun 20 '13 at 19:25
I'd say "maybe". If there is nothing but open water beyond the horizon, then the line just above the horizon is almost certainly a mirage, but probably doesn't meet the stricter definition of a Fata Morgana. When clouds appear more dense near the horizon they usually go from sparse to dense in a more gradual transition than seen here. When a line of thick clouds created by a weather front are observed on the horizon they rarely, if ever, have a uniform height above the horizon. For this to be a line of clouds they would have to be shaped in a perfect parabola perpendicular to the camera! – Michael Clark Jun 20 '13 at 22:16
@MichaelClark I agree with you. The fact that the height of the layer is so uniform, makes me think it's some kind of a mirage. Maybe Fata Morgana is an inappropriate name to this phenomena. I think a superior mirage is better. – Andrey B Jun 20 '13 at 23:24

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