Monday, March 5, 2012

Was The Titanic Sunk By An Unusual Optical Phenomenon?

"An unusual optical phenomenon explains why the Titanic struck an iceberg and received no assistance from a nearby ship, according to new research by British historian Tim Maltin. Atmospheric conditions in the area that night were ripe for super refraction, Maltin found. This extraordinary bending of light causes miraging, which, he discovered, was recorded by several ships in the area. He says it also prevented the Titanic’s lookouts from seeing the iceberg in time and the freighter Californian from identifying the ocean liner and communicating with it."

If you're interested in Naval history and the sinking of this infamously 'unsinkable' ship - read more how atmospheric conditions may have blinded the Titanic's watchmen and lookouts until it was too late!