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Angled Mirrors & Multiple Reflections

Mirrors reflecting other mirrors

A mirror reflects everything in front of it including another mirror. If you place two mirrors at an angle, you increase the number of reflected images you can see. Depending on the angle you choose, you can see a number of unbroken reflections and one or more composite or partial reflections. When the mirrors are set at 90º and 60° degrees exactly, the composite reflection is evenly divided so it looks like a single image.

The angles of incidence and reflection

Without going into exquisite detail, what you see also depends on where you stand and where you place the object – the angles of incidence and reflection. In these examples, we have placed the object and taken the photographs from the center of the angle.

You can try these effects yourself with two small mirrors and our chart.