Kaleidoscope

A large red and blue cube frame that has blue and orange banners running from top to bottom with different information on each. There are orange and yellow objects hanging from the frame.

Observe how mirrors can reflect light to create beautiful patterns.

How it works

Look into the tube and study the patterns inside.

Things to try or ask around the exhibit

How are patterns created inside the tube?

Background

The images you see are made by the mirrors inside the tube. Light entering the tube is reflected backwards and forwards to create the images you see.

Finding the science in your world

Toy kaleidoscopes use mirrors similar to this exhibit's structure, with small feathers and beads at one end, so colourful patterns are reflected throughout the tunnel.