One mirror divides our reflection into two halves, and the second mirror reflects this image. We can see one symmetrically reflected half of ourselves. It is enough that we stand on one leg and the observed person… will break off the ground.
A vanishing figure
A one-way mirror separates two identically lit and furnished rooms. The images on the glass mix in various proportions, and we have the impression that our reflection disappears. This is the Pepper’s ghost effect, which is often used in theatres.
A one-way mirror is made of a layer of metal sprayed onto a pane of glass. The layer is so thin that when we turn off the lights on one side of the mirror, we can observe what is happening on the side that is lit without being seen.
Our divine bodies
By looking in this mirror, we can see how the proportions of human body change with age. The head is the point of reference for all the presented silhouettes. Its size is scaled in such a way to make it possible to easily compare other proportions of the body.
Mirror, mirror on the wall…
When do you think the mirror reflects you in a one-to-one scale? Try to assess it just with your eyes and check whether you are right. These types of techniques are used in diagnosing disorders such as anorexia. At the Copernicus Science Centre it is only a game and it should not be taken too seriously.
A cycling skeleton
A semi-transparent mirror allows us to see our own reflection superimposed on the image of a cycling skeleton. This enables us to observe our skeletal system in motion.
You will enter a triangle-shaped tunnel covered with mirrors. Your reflection will be multiplied as in a kaleidoscope.
Distorting mirrors alter our reflections. We can see ourselves as very skinny or unnaturally fat. This always provokes lots of laughter.