Why is everything backwards in mirrors?

Everything isn’t backwards in mirrors, it just seems backwards from your perspective. Mirrors work when photons, particles of light, stream towards the glass and bounce off it. The image of everything in front of the mirror is reflected back along the path it came. If you wore a glove on your right hand, the glove would still be on your right hand in the mirror. However, if you wrote a word normally on a sheet of paper that you could read perfectly well in front of your face, you would have to turn it around to face the mirror. It then appears as if the writing is backwards, but it’s actually you that turned it around, not the mirror. If you wrote a word normally on a clear piece of plastic and turned the plastic around, the word would appear backwards too.

Additional info

File type: JPG
File size: 2 MB
Dimensions: 5760 × 3840 px
Published: 2. 3. 2018


Cookie settings

Saving user preferences on the domain
Statistics and analysis of user behaviour
Marketing of products and connecting with social networks
Save settings

This website uses cookies. More information on processing of your personal data through cookies and more information about your rights may be found in the Information about processing of personal data through cookies and other web technologies. You may grant your consent to processing of your personal data also for the purposes of storing user preferences across websites, user behaviour statistics and analysis and addressing with a product offering and linking to social networks.