Shadows are not always black!

Shadows are absolutely
fascinating to play around with.

In this Exploratorium demonstration
you can see that a black shadow is only a subset of shadows that can be
formed on the screen.

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If you have multiple sources of light with different colors, then you can additively combine colors to get shadows of various shades.

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In this case where you have multiple sources of light, only when the object blocks off light from all three colored light sources do you get a black shadow.

Since we do not deal with multiple colored sources of light on a daily basis, go ahead, give this simple experiment a try. It’s totally worth it!

Have a good one!

** Other FYP explorations on Shadows :

Can a single point of light always illuminate an entire room ?

On disappearing shadows of Birds and airplanes

     

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