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What are kaleidoscopes?

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12/19/2012

A kaleidoscope is composed of two or more mirrors laid lengthwise inside a tube, in addition to colored beads or other small objects reside in the tube's larger end. Light passes through this end, hitting the colored objects inside the rotating compartment. Any random configuration created in the falling of the colored objects reflects in the mirrors, making beautiful symmetrical patterns. Rotating the compartment moves the objects, creating a different image than previously seen.