Stooping

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stooping

A mirage in which the angular height of the image is less than that of the object.

As the width is unaffected (the angular width of image width remains that of the object because the refractive index gradient is vertical), the aspect ratio is altered and distant images appear vertically squashed. Stooping often accompanies looming: Distant features appear lifted and squashed.
Compare towering, sinking.

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