Real image from concave mirror

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"real" image from concave mirror

Ok so in we are currently doing mirrors and reflections in physics and from what I learned there are 2 types of images: real and virtual. I know that a virtual image is what you see INSIDE the mirror; but what does a real image looks like? I can't find anything online.. or maybe my seaching skill is just bad, but please someone enlighten me. Oh and something like a pic or vid will be better description than just words :D
 

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What sort of image do you think a lens projects onto a piece of film?
 
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If you stand back far enough from the mirror that the real image is between you and the mirror, you can see the image "floating" in front of the mirror.
 
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A real image is simply an image where real light rays are coming back together after being reflected. With virtual images, the eye traces the reflected rays back to a point because it's tricked and doesn't account for the misdirection by the mirror. Both are images, per se, the only real difference is that a real image can be projected onto a screen, and the virtual image requires someone to look at the mirror and their brain to be tricked. If you have a concave mirror, I suggest trying this out with some paper or a screen in a room with a window. You should be able to see the room projected onto the paper if you get things right, just don't use direct sunlight
 
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