Seeing is Reflecting

by Kayna Griffin, age 9

by Kayna Griffin, age 9

Color is a reflection of light that reaches our eyes.

How did we find out that the colors we see are simply a reflection of light? During the 1800’s, scientists discovered that combining the primary colors red, blue and green creates any color of light. When you mix these colors, they make white.

When you mix two colors of light it makes another color. For example, red and green light makes yellow, and blue and red light makes magenta. Light is mixed to make millions of different colors in things like movies, photography and TV.

The reflection of light helps you see an object’s color. When you look at an object, your eyes are able to see its color because the object absorbs some and reflects other colors of the spectrum. The ranges of colors in the spectrum are the same colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

There are a lot of interesting things to be learned about colors. The most important thing to understand is that the colors we see are actually reflected in our eyes from the object in front of us.