Mysterious ‘floating city’ mirage off Portsmouth compared to Eastern Bloc

People have been puzzled by sightings of what seems to be a floating city off the south coast of England.

The mysterious pictures show what appears to be a large city skyline floating above the sea in Portsmouth.

Mountainous buildings can be seen towering out of the Atlantic Ocean as if there is no land surrounding them.

The sightings come just two days after the biggest ship ever built in the UK, the HMR Prince of Wales, was seen appearing to be "flying" off the coast of Devon.

Resident Arthur Scott was struck by the bizarre appearance and took a photo of the floating city skyline which had risen just a few miles south of a beach in Portsmouth.

"It looked like an Eastern bloc city in the sea, that’s the best way I can describe it," Mr Scott told The Sun.

"There's been quite a lot of 'fata morgana' mirage lately, where ships appear to float in the horizon, but that's not what this was.

The amazed 56-year-old said the mirage could be seen for over an hour.

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Mr Scott said: "Like everyone else in Portsmouth, I'm well used to seeing large container ships that look like floating islands, but this was stationary, way too long, and we looked at it for over an hour."

The phenomenon comes two days after crazy pictures were shared of the 65,000 tonne carrier HMR Prince of Wales "flying" off the coast of Devon.

The massive ship, big enough to fit three football pitches, was seen in Dartmouth just after the G7 summit took place in Cornwall.

Christine Readwin shared a picture of the weird appearance on Facebook saying:

"HMS Prince of Wales literally flying past the mouth of the river just now," Christine said.

The huge £3.3 billion combat vessel recently sailed in the waters just off Carbis Bay in Cornwall – where Prime Minister Johnson and US President Joe Biden agreed a revised Atlantic Charter.

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Another incredible floating ship photo went viral after being taken off the coast of Falmouth, Cornwall back in March.

David Morris was "stunned" after taking what he thought would just be a regular photograph to find the ship was hovering high above the sea.

BBC meteorologist David Braine described why the mirages can occur: "Superior mirages occur because of the weather condition known as a temperature inversion, where cold air lies close to the sea with warmer air above it.

"Since cold air is denser than warm air, it bends light towards the eyes of someone standing on the ground or on the coast, changing how a distant object appears.

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