Solar Tracking Mirror
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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. Users can reflect sunlight into the building through a small window at any time of day and year. The 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