The Chicago Skyline Is Visible During Sunsets Even From 50 Miles Away

It is no secret that we live on a very interesting and, at times, thought-provoking planet. That is especially true when we see some of the unusual things that happened in the world around us, such as seeing the Chicago skyline from 50 miles away.

At this point, you are probably thinking that it would be impossible to see anything on the ground from 50 miles in the distance. The curvature of the earth would keep you from doing so.

It’s a rare phenomenon, however, but it does happen if you happen to be at the beach in the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

In order for the phenomena to take place, the day has to be clear and the sun has to be going down. As the setting sun illuminates the cityscape, you may be able to see it from the other side of Lake Michigan.

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No, you aren’t seeing the city on the ground, it appears as if it is floating on the water.

Photo: flickr/U.S. Department of the Interior

There have been many people who have talked about this happening in the past but a photographer named Lynda Myszkowski managed to capture it on film.

The image, entitled Bullseye, shows the sun going down behind the Sears Tower. She said that she has been waiting to get that shot for a long time and was excited that she was finally able to do so.

Brandon Eicher is another photographer who was visiting the Indiana Dunes State Park with his wife when he saw the phenomena take place.

He said how the view was good at first but over a few hours, it continued to improve. In his words: “As the sun set, an intense band of color formed along the horizon. All the while, seagulls soared above Lake Michigan.”

If you would like to capture this picture for yourself, you should bring a telephoto lens and plan on waiting for a while.

It doesn’t happen every night but if you happen to be there at the right time and you have the right photographic equipment, you can spot this unusual phenomenon for yourself.

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