Is this real life?
People are freaking out about a piece of footage which was shot over the Chinese cities of Jiangxi and Foshan in the Guangdong province and appears to show a floating city in the sky.
Complete with a perfect skyline of skyscrapers, the mysterious apparition has prompted a number of outlandish conspiracy theories to form with some people claiming it’s a supernatural sighting, a window into a parallel universe and even the work of Nasa.
Project Blue Beam?
Some believe that Nasa are working on a secret project billed, ‘Project Blue Beam’ to simulate the second coming of Christ through holograms or an alien invasion to test what we’d do in such an occurrence and this mirage is further proof of them testing out the technology.
The program was first discussed by conspiracist, Serge Monast who predicted it would take place in 1983, 1996 and 2000 – while we’re not too sure we agree with him we’ll be keeping our eyes on the sky just incase.
Other conspiracists believe that China has come up with the goods and is testing their own huge hologram maker in the sky. Again, we’re not so sure.
A Parallel Universe?
Others, such as scientist Michael Hall, believe that the city in the sky is actually a view of a parallel universe that dipped through veil to reveal itself. In his 2014 study, Hall and his colleagues suggested through a quantum theory that there was interaction between parallel universes.
These explanations may be way more exciting than the actual reason behind the mirage which is all down to science and the way we perceive light. The mysterious apparition has been put down to an optical illusion known as a Fata Morgana by weather experts.
A Fata Morgana is a rare type of mirage which is often seen above the horizon and is a distortion of far away objects. The optical illusion is caused when warm air sits onto of cool air which creates an atmospheric duct acting like a lens for radiation wavelengths and begins to refract light, generating a sharp image.
While this seems like a perfectly reasonable explanation for the somewhat creepy image, some viewers (and mirage enthusiasts) have pointed out that these atmospheric ducts are more commonly formed over water and both cities involved aren’t coastal.
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