Disappearing Stars Optical Illusion


Whoa! Not only did I miss the second hidden face in our previous illusion, but was shocked today when I saw how many of you made a comment to point it out to me. As of this moment “Undershirt Illusion” has passed 300 comments, and all of this in less than 24 hours. By the way, thank you for showing me the other masculine face I missed. Neither me, nor my little brother managed to spot it at first. For today we have something different. The little animation below pictures a moon and 6 stars surrounding it, somewhere in a midnight hour. There is also a dotted circular layer moving in the background. If you manage to stay perfectly still, and concentrate your eyes on the moon (not moving your head), you’ll experience the disappearance of the yellowish stars. How many of them did you make disappear? I just remembered (after finishing this article), that we had a very simmilar illusion before.

  • Kevin


  • J

    Five disappearing was the best I managed, but usually 2-3. Very weird – it seems completely random which ones disappear, and when they do disappear, it’s very hard not to move your eyes to where it was.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    i only saw 6 half stars

  • Anonymous

    If you try hard, you can make them all dissapear! :) It’s just a boring sky then, without any stars..

  • hydrohead

    I have seen this one before, and I was told that the point was that the stars where supposed to just twinkle not permanently disappear.

  • Tysss

    nice =) everyone disappeared for a second! funny thing is, that earlier today i saw illusion like this for first time, and now i see it again ;)

    btw. i saw it at here.

  • Anonymous

    That is so weird! the 3 on the right disappeared first, then came back, then just one on the right disappeared :]

  • Anonymous

    I found that the illusion works best when viewed about 12 inches from the screen. Closer and my eyes had difficulty focussing, further and the stars never come close to disappearing. Hope this helps =0) BTW, all stars came close to disappearing at 12 inches.

  • Christian

    I made all of them disappear, funny illusion :)

  • Basioh

    it’s because the black stars will hide beyond the blue spots surrounding the yellow stars.
    this make your brain think the blue spot is moving, and so hiding the yellow star.

  • Strawberry

    It’s like they are being erased.
    My friend Kevin said, “that’s trippy.”

  • paperclippe

    I’m sorry to say that this one actually didn’t work for me, no matter what distance away from the screen I sat. I sometimes have problems like this, though; I’m near-sighted in one eye and far-sighted in the other, so sometimes I can’t see things like this. I also can’t see “3D” movies. I’ve got no depth perception issues with the real world, but whatever mechanism these kind of things work on just doesn’t process for me.

  • Anonymous

    thts soo cool

  • Suki

    3/6. Well…half’s not bad, I guess…

  • Anonymous

    i usally saw about 2 or 3 dissapear, but there was this 1 time where i got all 6 to dissapear, but then i moved and they came back

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    i had all six stars disappear at the same time!!! WEIRD

  • Frankie

    i stared so long, all 6 stars and the moon dissapeared!
    haha thats amazing!

  • Darkfox


  • david

    good illusion, works as you keep you eyes totally still while doing it. As a result of doing this the same area on the retina is constantly stimulated or “bleached”. This means that the cells cannot restimulate and so the brain stops seeing them. The moving dots are not necessary for this but will make it happen quicker. It is best view at about 20-30cm due to the angle subtended on the retina!

    hope that sheds some “light” on the matter! :D

    (im an optometrist so I know about these sorta things before you ask how!)

  • mike

    well i got 1, then 2, then 1 again, then all WOO and then i blinked… lol if you just stare wide eyed at the moon you’ll get them all to go away

  • Joan

    I got the stars disappearing two or three at a time but if I let my eyes go into the ‘3d picture mode’ ie slightly crossed eyes, I got two groups of stars and moons joined by two stars in the centre. The black dots were moving behind just the same. If I then stared at this, stars and moons disappeared but not all at once. Very strange.

  • **~**AAAQueen**~**

    They all dissapeared, then started reappearing(sp).0:)

  • Anonymous

    you can still move your head and it works….lol awesome illision

  • Anonymous

    That one kinda hurt my eyes :( I couldnt get it to work either. I’ll try again once my eyes get back to normal

  • Gonzo

    i cant get the top star to disapear all the others disapear but that damn top one wont lol thanx for this one :)

  • Anonymous

    haha the guy saying that the moon dissappearded for him/her xD
    it’s a really cool illusion

  • melody lynn

    I couldnt get them to disappera completly… only fade, and then promptly had to look away… made me dizzy, and sick.

  • Anonymous

    wow thats amazing, alot of them disappeared

  • pepper

    AWESOME!! I GOT ALL 6 TO DISAPPEAR FOR 2 SECONDS!! you just gotta concentrate reeeely hard.

  • Jane

    That is so cool, I saw thw stars dissapear at different times. :)

  • Anonymous

    I cant c ne thing dissapearing!!

  • Anonymous

    omg i made them all dissapear
    at first i didnt get the poing but yeye i found it!!!!

  • Anonymous

    First I got only 1 disappear, but right after it all for a sek.

  • Anonymous

    awesome!!!all disappeared

  • Pando

    i managed to get 4 : )

  • nicotine-o

    that was really out there man, didnt think it would work but it did it was sooo awesome, hey is it just me or did the moon look like a bannanna

  • Tristan

    Hmmm… the stars seem to only fade to about half the size. I like.

  • scottie2hottie

    Took me a minute, but they disappeared!
    I love these “mind trick” illusions!

  • scottie2hottie

    Oh, and congratulations on the comments! I wish MY blog was that popular! Keep up the good work!

  • Scott Livingston… scotty333

    Wow I got all but the north and south star to go

  • OuRaNoS

    The 4 stars went transparent…


    Keep ’em coming!

  • Raks

    I made em all disappear…..but if u stare at a star then u can make the moon disappear!!!

  • Anonymous

    oh wow….tht hurt my eyes but i liked it lol…. thts fucked

  • Anonymous

    hey tht was amazing

  • Anonymous

    woah alll of them disappeared when i stared @ them 4 lik 5min it is totaly cool

  • Anonymous

    If you close one eye it is easier to loose site of all the stars.

  • Steve McIntosh

    I manged 3 but not reall a serious attempt.

  • Rodrigo

    1 star at first, when I made fullscreen then zoom (F11, then Ctrl+mousewheel) I could make dissapear evrything but half a star.
    I felt like when seeing a stereogram.

  • Euan

    They all disappeared!
    But it is hard not to move your eyes to the disapperng ones.

    • Alexis

      OMG i made all of them go away but its really hard to not move your eyes when ur trying to count them!

  • erica. :]

    very cool.. i made all six stars disappear eventually, but i really really had to focus!

  • analphabet118

    wow for a fraction of a second all of them my eyes hurt a lil lol

  • Anonymous

    I notice that the bigger the picture is, the more affective the animation gets…

  • Todd

    Try this when you are laying out under the stars. Pick a star and stare at it. Soon the rest will all disappear. Discovered this when I was a child – thought I was going blind. It is actually the process of physiological nystagmus (tiny eye tremors) that prevents our vision from going blank (adapting) on a regular basis. Good thing for rush hour traffic.

  • Anonymous

    Very nice, its interesting how our mind and vision work together.

  • krazy kitty

    omg that was realy kool i didnt think it was gunna work, but i did

  • Anonymous

    can someone make this with the president instead of stars

  • carol

    If you stare at the moving dots instead of the moon, you get a completely different illusion

  • Bianca

    Nice! They all disappear for me ^^

  • Sarah

    When I do it I feel like the stars are blinking, they appear and then disappear!

  • sam

    the dots go slower when the stars disappear :]

  • Calvin`

    I got all 6 fade away

  • i managed to make them all dissapear aftr a gud 30 mins

  • Alexandra

    i got them all to disappear eventually but i made the moon disappear once too

  • Cassandra

    Actually, the stars disappear by opponent process theory. The eye collects the different light colors however, as the cells that alert the brain that the color yellow is apparent, the cells slowly stop firing from being overworked. The afterimage then, is a blue background. That’s why the stars disappear. Todd’s comment about nystagmus and why the eyes will not adapt is true but then the yellow stars would never disappear because the stimuli would continually be collected.

  • Andrew

    I managed to get all of them to disappear, took a couple tries, but i got it.

  • Mantai Xp

    I only manage to make 3 of them disappeared =/

  • iamino617

    if u stare at the stars the moon dissapears

  • I couldn’t get any of them to disappear but I did manage to get the star to seperate from the black dots like a magic eye picture. The black dots looked as though they were at the bottom of a can, while the stars and moon were on a plain with the lid…

  • michelle

    for a brief moment, they all dissapeared =)

  • Tazzy

    they all disapred to me! :D cool

  • Kitty Kool

    thats creapy they disapeir lioke gohests

  • I made to disappear all the stars this is so interesting and WOW. Great post.

  • Nathialia

    And, again, no matter how long I look at the picture (the moon, without moving my head), no star is disapearing. Do I really hav a eye problem ?

  • Kidsrock12347

    owwwwwwwww…..i had to not blink to make them all diappear but i did it

  • pat mccrotch

    i managed 2 make 4 disapere, that is so amasing!!! if u havent notised by now thets a fake name and email adress

  • pop324

    cool,ha i made them all dissapear.

  • abbydawnpantsfan

    ya i got them all gone

  • Kei Kumiko

    omg i only mde 3 stars dis-appear damn t

  • Calika

    Woah!!!!!! I only made 5 disappear. Dang…

  • Stargirl101

    The stars for me doubled! There was twelve stars and 1 moon!

  • Stefan 3D to beat 2D

    2-3 stars can disappear…

  • beca


  • Tina

    That is so cool I made all of them disapear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • DaEgg


  • werewolf

    That’s strange – the highest star have disappeard, and then it was going like a wall clock! next on the right have disappeard, then third, but first retourned! No fourth – here is seckond. No fifth – here’s the third one!

  • awesom

    wow thats cool they kind of twinkle on and off like real stars awesome

  • i have a lazy eye and cant see most optical illusions. this one worked, one star two star, then all of them.

  • jim

    … none disapeared after looking at the moon for 4 minutes… now my eyes hurt and i have an odd after image im my eyes

  • Whatcamallit

    They’re not disappeared for me, the stars are just getting smaller and smaller.

  • it will make me dizzy :)

  • whoa it disappeared all of them just concentrate on the moon

  • Aishwarya

    but my star was disappeared 4 a whole night n appeared again in d morn
    it is on d east side but still doesn’t change its position

  • notarealname

    i felt like i was goin sober

  • Natasha

    look at the moon without blinking and the stars
    will disappier

  • KLB


  • I saw all the stars dissapear and it was WICED
    (thanks vsauce for this website)

  • Harry

    That’s a WOW!!
    And another effect that it also becomes a bit 3D if you stare it for at least 2 minutes.
    The stars seems to be blinking and while it blinks out, they’re just like coming out from my monitor, with the moon following the stars to be 3D.

  • Eizabeth

    OMG!!!!!!!!! they all disappered!!!!!!! that is crazy!!!!!!!!!!! =O

  • emma

    ah this one hurts my eyes xD

  • Blah

    really cool, but I agree XD It does hurt your eyes…

  • frequency

    All disappeared. Cool.

  • jay

    none disappeared..

  • velan

    one star disappeared .. but it hurt my eyes

  • Zeb

    i am getting a head ach, siffernt stars were apearing and dis apearing, one fel from the sky.

  • Abi


  • Jennifer

    That is pretty neat, I don’t understand how they seem to disapear thou. And it makes me dizzy to stare for too long, lol Love your site by the way .

  • Preston

    what do i stare at???????????

  • Kopk11

    dont get it

  • Enkeli

    A.D.H.D… I tend to focus more on the moving dots rather than the moon but I was able to make the stars disappear…

  • stephanie

    all of them disappeared! so cool!

  • ayanna

    all them dissappeared

  • trav

    cross your eyes and keep looking the moons also disappear

  • summer

    Woah! That is soooo cool! All of them dissapeared for me!

  • TiGiDiG

    all of them disappeared

  • Harmony

    All of them disappeared and for a brief moment the black dots also disappeared!

  • :D

    mine doubled
    12 stars
    2 moons

  • xD

    Very cool! :D The stars started to blink for me. They faded and slowly disappeared and then appeared again, awesome

  • zakiya

    i made all the stars disappear:)

  • Jesse

    I crossed my eyes and then it dubbled to 12 stars then made them all dissapear!!

  • marth


  • MM

    The stars jumped around when I tried. I always have 1 left

  • Candice

    I actually made all 6 stars disappear, twice. Other times it was usually 3-5 stars that disappeared.

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