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The Light Around Us

The Light Around Us explores both the physics of light and how we see it. Experiment with color, shadows, prisms, and the light beyond the rainbow.

Light carries information from the world to our eyes and brains. Seeing colors and shapes is second nature to us, yet light is a perplexing phenomenon when we study it more closely. The interactive experiences featured here demonstrate some of the common properties of light, such as absorption, reflection, refraction, and diffraction.

  • Bend and bounce light rays using lenses and mirrors,
  • Block or change the color of everyday objects
  • Separate white light into colors.
  • Create shadows of overlapping color.

The Light Around Us also explores light beyond the visible spectrum, such as ultraviolet light, and how this light energy can affect our health.

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