Heat Reflection

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Why is it that on a hot day, you can see a cars reflection on the road. What is this called?
 

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It is called a mirage. IIRC, it happens because the hot air next to the ground is less dense than the cooler air above, and so light gets refracted upwards.
 
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Those inversion layers are also responsible for a high percentage of UFO reports. The image can turn up anywhere within reason, such as a hundred feet off of the ground.
 

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