Spinning Circles

With all that offers like “Free Macbook” or free iPod, one thing is for sure, and not only for US visitors – you get daily free optical illusions on this site, wherever you live :) The newest one was on my hard disk for such a long time, that I forgot who created and submitted it. I apologize to that brave soul, who won’t get his name mentioned here. First time I saw it I thought it’s only interesting picture, but today I noticed that if you stare at the yellow circle in the center, outer rings will slowly start to rotate. After a while they seem to rotate so fast, you’ll think your mind will explode. This animation effect is achieved from those black & white stripes, you see in the background. They have strong effect in almost any illusion they appear in. If you notice anything else in the pic below, some other illusion, be sure to let us know! Thanks…

Spinning Circles Optical Illusion
Spinning Circles Optical Illusion

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53 Replies to “Spinning Circles”

  1. Cool image, but the printer raster disturbs the illusion somewhat. Would work better if some denoising filter were applied to it.

  2. cool site! been enjoying the illusions for a while now but what can be more fun is reading everyone comments and the race to be 1st! by the way…..looks like i am!!!

  3. Nice illusion. I’ve seen a lot of these before. If I remember correctly, the reason for the “spinning effect” is caused by the minute adjustments our eyes make. These adjustments are always occuring, and are very small; that added to the high contrast of the black and white lines makes what is next to them appear to be spinning or shifting back and forth – depending on the shape and setup.

  4. You are right. The dark circles seem to rotate in the same direction. But, if you blink, they then seem to go in the opposite direction.

  5. Just something I noticed: The rings will “spin” clockwise if you are right-eye dominant and spin counter-clockwise if you are left-eye dominant.

  6. I couldnt see the spins, but after staring at it long enough, I couldn’t read or see anything! My vision blurred, and, although it lasted only a few seconds, I DID think my brain would explode!

  7. Oh my gosh. #1 had posted previously that they had the circles change in direction as they were rotating. Well, that’s the same thing for me.

  8. its seems to me that the green and dark blue circles go left, whereas the blue one goes right! maybe thats just me thou!! lol

  9. If u scroll up nd down nd look at the pic, it sorta looks like da black nd white lines are turnig different ways nd r goin 2 hit eachoda! cool, but I dnt see da 1 it sez…

  10. If you look jusat above the green line at the stripes but look at the yellow circle in you perferial vision the waves on the yellow circle move

  11. the circles tend to look as though theyre moving towards me, and they just keep going like towards me..ya know?..
    thats what im seeing…
    cool pic though man

  12. Well, if you satre at the center circle for long enough, the top left corner and the bottom right corner starts to wiggle!

  13. There are words and figures that appear between the yellow and green. If I’m the only one that keeps seeing thing things they are going to put me in a white coat or give me a really nice award.

    I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award.. I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award.. I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award.. I’m Getting an award.. I’m getting an award..

    I think I’ll go now ;[

  14. idk if anyone else saw this but if you look st just the rings there is a light already going through it. so thats probably why you cant get the illusion if you print it…

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