architectural mirage

building c

As the sun heats building walls, thermal refraction causes unique mirage phenomena somewhat different from the more commonly seen horizontal mirages observed on roadways. Using the south-facing fa├žade of Pier 1, this exhibit provides an entry point for exploring some of the basic principles of thermal optics operating in architectural settings.


This project is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. ESI-0104478. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.