Okay, I am not really good in physics (rather terrible), but nonetheless.
So, I was just wondering if you can see a mirage, is there something special in our eyes that we can see it or what? I mean, if I am looking a mirage (or into a mirage or at a mirage, whichever is correct) and then instead of directly looking at it, I take a plane mirror and turn my around and look into mirror would I still see the mirage? How would the situation differ if I had a concave/convex mirror?

  • $\begingroup$ Mirage is an optical phenomenon. That doesn't imply something's fishy with ur eyes. If you see a mirage, you'd see whatever you do. Whatever mirror you use, the situation would be just as you are seeing a real object. Why do you think a mirage should behave differently? $\endgroup$
    – Cheeku
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ @Cheeku: I don't know man. I am terrible at physics. I was watching some sci-fi and it was about illusion and universe and what not, and they were like you and it (the universe) looked at itself through mirror and found that the reality is just illusion, just like a mirage. $\endgroup$
    – Razort4x
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ Well, that was pure sci-fi then. $\endgroup$
    – Cheeku
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ Vampires don't have a reflection in mirrors, right? $\endgroup$
    – b_jonas
    Commented Mar 12, 2013 at 21:29
  • $\begingroup$ @b_jonas: yeah, I've heard that, but is this really true? I mean if they were for real, (not the people who pretend to be Gothic and sh**) so will they not see themselves in mirror? $\endgroup$
    – Razort4x
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 5:10

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Since the mirage is an optical illusion, the mirror will not change thas effect. You are still using your optics while looking through a mirror. A mirror is simply reflecting your eyes back towards the mirage. A mirror will not change this effect. If you were to use say a camera or video-camera, then the results would be very similar. Overall the mirror will not change the outcome of the mirage.

  • $\begingroup$ So, how would the result differ if I was using a camera? $\endgroup$
    – Razort4x
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 5:12
  • $\begingroup$ You see the mirage with your eyes, and the camera records it. In most cases the camera is just a tool to help you see and will not change the illusion of the mirage. $\endgroup$
    – Jack Moody
    Commented Mar 13, 2013 at 12:52
  • $\begingroup$ @JackMoody Didn't you mean to say instead : "If you were to use say a camera or video-camera, then the results would NOT be dramatically different" $\endgroup$
    – Oli
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 12:55
  • $\begingroup$ a camera is inspired from our eye. a camera works just like our eye. so if you can see a mirage you can click a picture of it. search for some images and you will see. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 20, 2013 at 15:52

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