Answer to Question #93 in Optics for Jacob

Question #93
Why, sitting by the bonfire, we see the objects on the other side of the fire, shimmering? Why, when measuring the height of a celestial body above the horizon, we find it bigger than it really is?
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Expert's answer
2010-05-14T09:43:11-0400
Due the temperature the coefficient of air retraction varies, which leads to the distortion of the movement of light rays.

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