Sanctuary

Season 1 Episode 3

Fata Morgana

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Oct 10, 2008 on Syfy

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    • Fata Morgana, the title of this episode, is an interwoven play on words. On the surface, Fata Morgana is the Italian name for Morgan Le Fay, the legendary fairy enchantress-witch/sorceress, half-sister of King Arthur - who was supposedly skilled in the art of changing shapes. Translated from the Italian into English, fata means fairy - while Morgana is usually translated as mirage. In literature, the phrase Fata Morgana is often associated with something so mysterious, so illusory, that it could, and should, never even be approached.
      In optical science, the branch of physics involving the behavior and properties of light, a Fata Morgana is an unusual and very complex form of a "superior mirage" - a mirage which greatly distorts the object or objects they are based on. In such complex mirages, the object often appears to be transformed in such a way that it is completely unrecognizable.

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