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Physics - Light/Optics

Image by Mark Hersch.  Used with permission

Inverted City Beneath Clouds, Image Credit & Copyright by Mark Hersch. Used with the kind permission of the photographer, 6/24/2020

"The city, Chicago, was actually perfectly right-side up.  The long shadows it projected onto nearby Lake Michigan near sunset, however, when seen in reflection, made the buildings appear inverted.  This fascinating, puzzling, yet beautiful image was captured by a photographer in 2014 on an airplane on approach to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.  The Sun can be seen both above and below the cloud deck, with the latter reflected in the calm lake." -- apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200624.html