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Kaleidoscope

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A Kaleidoscope is a tube of reflecting mirrors. It contains small objects like pebbles or beads or small pieces of colored glass. A person looks through one end while light enters through the other; the light gets reflected in the mirrors. Basically there are two mirrors which are set at 45 degrees to one another. Such an arrangement creates eight images of the same object. These images are a duplicate of each-other. At 60 degrees six images can be created, and at 90 degrees four images are obtained as the tube is rotated, round and round, this causes the light to reflect differently at each angle and thus causes many different patterns and colors which is very attractive and enjoyable to watch. Any unusual pattern or any distraught pattern also looks beautiful thanks to these mirrors and the reflections caused by them. A two mirror model is also available; its patterns are created against a black back-ground. While a model with three mirrors yields patterns that fill the entire back-ground. Any object or material is filled into the object cell. Many a times for more enjoyable viewing, object cells are even filled with water, this causes some extra special effects as the objects float on the water and cause a slight movement in respect to the viewer.

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In 2D symmetry kaleidoscopic a point is defined as the point of contact of two or more lines created by reflection symmetry. In general the lines form a ā€˜180 degree/nā€™ angle for an integer n > or = 2. This point is the center of n-fold rotational symmetry and ā€˜nā€™ number of lines, created due to reflection symmetry which can be present at this point.

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