Solar Tracking Mirror
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- SCIENCE CENTER
The Solar Tracking Mirror puts 25 square feet of focused sunlight at visitors’ fingertips. Visitors move a large exterior mirror to bounce concentrated sunlight into the museum.
Nothing is hidden with our system of mechanical linkages that allow even small children to manipulate the 800 pound mirror array to reflect sunlight into the building through a small window at any time of day and year.
Light coming through this window is then reflected down by a secondary mirror onto a solar activity table where visitors use the concentrated sunlight to power solar cars, operate a monorail and cast colored patterns using a variety of filters.
2010, Durango Discovery Museum, Durango, CO