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By on May 7, 2010, with 31 Comments

Houston, We Have a ProblemA decade ago, back when I was a kid, I used to play this computer game – just a sec – … was it Warcraft II, Civilization maybe? Can’t be to sure about it, but what I remember is that there was a character who kept yelling The end is near! – in sort of dramatical way. Dunno what the connection was, but I remember the atmosphere which reminds me greatly of today’s post.

I almost forgot there was a Skull category on this site (strange things happening with my memory lately). Year ago I promised we had enough of these, but I think its about time we ditch that decision.

Check out the “Earthrise” photo on your right. The original was taken on the Moon surface, and shows two astronauts with Earth in their back. But check again! Is there something disturbing about it? Do you see a skull of some sort? It can’t be human! What is it then? If you had an opportunity to see this illusion through one of our widgets first (Optical Illusion of The Day), you probably have seen the illusion instantaneously!


31 Responses
  1. Care Bear says:

    I love the skull illusions. I got hooked on Vanity. Wish I could display them in my office but I got in Dutch when I tried. Ah, well. No accounting for taste.

  2. elevown says:

    The guy has just been mirrored- as is incredibly obvious if you look at it- I think you should mention it’s just been shopped, not make out it is the real photo.

    • sky says:

      No, actually, it’s not mirrored. The reflections in their helmets are going the same way.

    • HAnimation says:

      It has been digitally altered. If you look at the right astronaut’s backpack, on the square part on the right. It is too clean and sharp because it has been cut out without re-smoothing the edge to blend it. As for the reelection that part of the image is just copied and applied over the mirrored cut out astronaut. Is it quite easy to do. And also there were only ever two astronauts on the moon at a time! So who would be taking the picture!? As the moon lander only had only video cameras on it and they weren’t as good as the still cameras of that decade.

  3. Illusion says:

    I immediately saw it, but I still like the illusion.

  4. peace-angel says:

    Very cool, makes you wonder really!!! SPOOKY

  5. Eric says:

    It’s just a photoshop job. The only change is in the face-mask reflection. Look at the controls (?) on the chest, shoulder patches, arm positions, etc.; mirror images. The skull image is pretty clear. Is this a book cover or movie poster? Looks familiar.

  6. Mary says:

    You are right about the widget helping with this one but the opposite happened with the camel, I was so busy looking at the pool I didn’t see the camel till I clicked to the bigger image.

  7. coolez says:

    LOL XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD XD just photoshoped a little bit XD)

  8. NeeL says:

    Yep, with the widget it’s more like “Oh, now I see.. Two astronauts with Earth on the background!”

    I checked the Skull-label as well, had some real nice ones. I did shiver when I read your post about H.P. Lovecraft and the Call of Cthulhu, but you got shot down in those comments enough to not make that mistake twice. ;)

    Thank you again for all these nice illusions!

  9. TheSharpieOne says:

    awesome illusion, for some reason it reminds me of the show “The Venture Bros.”

  10. Jess says:

    Im relatively sure the astronaut has been flipped with photoshop (the creases on the jacket are identical), but it is still a very creepy illusion!

  11. Dolphin says:

    Love it.It’s great.Could you do some animal illusions?I like animals so…Please?

  12. Someone says:

    This might have been the best skull illusion i’ve ever seen. it looks natural, but you can still make out the astronauts

  13. Carlos says:

    Amazing, it’s a double illusion: two astronauts, one skull and two faces!

  14. tina says:

    i like this its looks pretty cool not really an illusion though

  15. Justice193 says:

    … this one is only half the photo, flipped over, with the visor of one of them copied onto the other. nice illusion though, very strong.

  16. chris says:

    Skulls in space!

  17. Andrew says:

    its almost like a orcs skull is warhammer 40k with the huge jaw (looks better in the small picture on widget)

  18. Tinker says:

    oh, that’s cool, and the title is funny!

  19. in the widget actaully saw skull BEFORE two astronauts on the moon

  20. Shruti Sundaram says:

    creepy but cool !!!

  21. Lizzie says:

    Awesome! :D

  22. Great illusion! Made me think about the distructive activity of the human beings :(

  23. Julian says:

    First thing I noticed was the skull

  24. Cris says:

    In Empire Earth, every time you clicked on a prophet they would say “The end is near!” or some other creepy prophecy.

  25. MIKE says:


  26. Jimy says:

    You dolts actually had to say “That’s Photoshopped” – as if anyone living on the earth in 2010 would ever think it was real. DUH.

  27. Bunnasaur says:

    Astronauts… :/

  28. luis says:

    haven’t i seen this in another theme?

  29. KatieBoo360 says:

    Really people are sayong it is a skull, Well people, Look at the eyes, Look down! You will see that it is 2 people! But awesome Illusion!

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