• Question: what colour is a mirror

    Asked by 08emorgan to Cat, Daz on 24 Jun 2011.
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      Cat O'Connor answered on 24 Jun 2011:

      Heya 08emorgan,

      I did give a very pathetic answer to this question earlier didn’t I! I’m glad you asked it again! I’ve had to do a bit of research since I last answered this question and this is what i founf out:

      A mirror is actually colourless.

      Most things have color because when light hits them, some colors bounce off and others are absorbed and we only see the ones that bounce off.

      A mirror is a little different in that all light bounces off of it.

      But a mirror is a little sepcial. Normally, an object that all light bounces off is white, because when all different colors of light mix together it makes white. But a mirror is so smooth that the light stays organized instead of mixing together, so the colors stay separate and you see a reflection.

      So the answer I guess is colourless or it depends on what is being reflected!!