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Parabolic Mirror


Look at the view in the mirror as you walk towards it. What happens to your reflection when you get really close? Try shaking hands with yourself.

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The mirror is optically rather poor, but is good enough to produce a wide-angled view of you and the exhibition behind you. Distance images you can see are upside down, but as you walk towards the mirror these images appear the right way up.

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Look Closer

Welcome to Look Closer, Techniquest's brand new digital tool. We're trialling Look Closer as a way of offering you a closer look at the science demonstrated by many of our exhibits. You'll find visitor sheets, videos, articles on contemporary science as well as fun trails to navigate your way around the exhibition space.

Speak to our Science Communicators to find out more.