Images, Real and Virtual

According to the The Encyclopedia Britannica, an optical image is

the apparent reproduction of an object, formed by a lens or mirror system from reflected, refracted, or diffracted light waves. There are two kinds of images, real and virtual. In a real image the light rays actually are brought to a focus at the image position, and the real image may be made visible on a screen — e.g., a sheet of paper — whereas a virtual image cannot.

Examples of real images are those made by a camera lens on film or a projection lens on a motion-picture screen. Britannica Online.


But virtual images . . .

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