Waves

Light - Reflection (continued).

When you look into a mirror,
you see a reflection that is an image of the real object.

Virtual Image in a Mirror

The image appears to be the same distance behind the mirror
as the real object is in front of it.
This is because the brain thinks that light travels in straight lines
without changing direction.

The image is called virtual because the light rays
(shown as dotted lines) never really go there
(compare this with a real image).
The virtual image in a mirror is the
same size as the object but with left and right reversed.

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