Mind-bending optical illusion shows massive tanker ‘floating in the sky’ – but there’s an easy explanation

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AN INCREDIBLE video of a giant ship levitating over houses in Cornwall has been explained as an optical illusion, with a surprisingly simple answer.

The mind-bending photo has been identified as an example of a fata morgana, an optical illusion caused by warm air meeting cold water.

The unusual sight is also known as a superior mirage.

Its name comes from the witch Morgan La Fay in the legend of King Arthur, who was said to create illusions over water to trick people.

The mythical connections don’t stop there, as a fata morgana is widely thought to be the origin of the legend of the Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship that was said to be able to fly.

In modern times, such illusions are common in the Arctic, although rare in the UK.

Here they are most likely to be seen in winter when the atmospheric conditions are right.

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