“My new favorite color!” Amazing optical illusion reveals a shade of cyan that your eyes have NEVER seen before
- A classic optical illusion called ‘true cyan color’ has gained popularity on TikTok
- It means staring at a white dot in a larger red circle for up to three minutes
- If you do this and close your eyes tightly, a glowing ‘true cyan’ sphere should appear
- This would be a version of the color cyan that computer screens cannot display
- It’s basically the result of nerve cells ‘seeing red’ being overwhelmed and when you open your eyes other cells take over and show an inverted ‘afterimage’.
An optical illusion that uses a large red circle and a small white dot to trick your mind allows you to see a shade of cyan that your eyes may never have seen before.
The classic ‘true cyan color illusion’ is popular again because of TikTok and is said to show a shade of cyan that is normally not visible due to the way TVs display color.
To see the unusual hue, stare at a dot in a red circle for 30 seconds, close your eyes tightly, and when you open them, you’ll see a glowing orb that is ‘true cyan’.
Users on TikTok have described the true cyan color as ‘beautiful’ and their ‘new favorite color’ after seeing it for the first time thanks to the optical illusion.
The classic ‘true cyan color illusion’ is popular again because of TikTok and is said to show a shade of cyan that is normally not visible due to the way TVs display color
HOW IT WORKS: REAL CYAN OPTICAL ILLUSION
If you stare at a white dot in the center of a red circle long enough, close your eyes tightly, when you open them again you will see a glowing orb.
This sphere is said to represent ‘true cyan’, a color not easily seen on computer screens, televisions or smartphones.
These devices use red, green and blue pixel combinations to illustrate color, and this does not always display cyan or other colors correctly.
The ‘true cyan’ illusion works by effectively overwhelming the nerve cells in your eye that are responsible for decoding the color red.
When you open your eyes, the nerve cells that are not overwhelmed kick in and show you an ‘afterimage’, which is basically the reverse of the image you were staring at for the past two minutes – in this case the color appears red cyan.
Cyan is actually a color you have seen many times before, but this optical illusion allows you to see a hue that is not often reproduced properly by screens.
Most TV screens, smartphones and monitors cannot produce the color in its purest form because they use red, green and blue pixels of different intensities to create the color combinations you see – whether you’re watching a video, looking at images or browse.
In an RGB monitor (red, green, blue) you may see two green and one blue pixel sitting next to each other to display cyan if the screen cannot display true cyan.
The illusion has gained popularity thanks to TikTok user Kate Bacon who said in the video that she would ‘show you a color you’ve probably never seen before’.
Bacon then shows the typical red circle with a white dot in the center and instructed to ‘stare at the white dot’ – after which ‘true cyan is visible’.
The ‘true cyan’ color will become visible after you carefully focus on a small white dot in a red circle due to residual activity in nerve cells found in the eye.
It is a phenomenon known as ‘after-image’, and contradictory IFLScience, ophthalmologist Ajay Kuriyan of the University of Rochester Medical Center said it’s because of the stimulation of color cone cells.
‘If you stare at a color for a while, the cone cells that respond to that color become insensitive for a short time, stimulating the other color cone cells. This is the principle that drives the afterimage, ”he said.
Cone cells reside in the retina, and each of the three types responds to different wavelengths of light – so focusing on a single color makes those cells over-stimulated and desensitized.
When you eventually change the focus to something other than a single color, the cone cells that have been desensitized the least show a “reverse” of the original color.
Another name for this optical illusion is the ‘Eclipse of Mars’, as it is a large red sphere that appears to have been replaced by a cyan sphere after intensive focusing.
After staring at the white dot in the center of the red sphere for up to two minutes, a glowing circle of cyan will appear before your eyes.
A user on TikTok said, ‘Now I see that damn cyan circle everywhere I look.’
Can you see the cyan sphere when staring at the white dot in the center of this image for at least 30 seconds? The longer you look, the clearer it should become
Another said true cyan was their favorite color, and someone else posted that the color follows their eyes everywhere, adding that it is ‘worth it’.
In the comments on Bacon’s video, one user said, ‘I see a random turquoise circle floating around my house’ after trying the optical illusion.
Another user left a comment saying they saw orange, another saw a bluish color and one said, “I have ADHD so I wasn’t even paying attention.”
Since this video was released, Bacon, a ‘STEM communicator’ on TikTok and other platforms, has published other videos about after-image and color illusions.
Including one with ‘true green’ and the ‘hyperbolic orange’.
Strange optical illusion divides the internet with viewers seeing different shades based on their eyes, brain, computer screens and surrounding environments
A strange optical illusion of parallel bars of varying shades of purple divides the internet.
Twitter users are fiercely debating how many different shades the image shows, with some seeing 11 and 14 and one even saying they can see 17 shades.
The image was posted earlier this month by Twitter user @ 0UTR0EG0, who said, ‘How many colors do you see ???? I see 3. ‘
How many shades we see may be due to the Mach Bands illusion – at points where two colors meet, some of us can see variations in shadows even when they are not there.
But there may not be a definitive answer – different people will see different amounts of shades based on cones in their eyes, or even how much light there is in their environment.
The image was posted by Twitter user @ 0UTR0EG0, who said, ‘How many colors do you see ???? I see 3. ‘The pink part on the right is very ambiguous, although some Twitter users said it only contains six colors