At first, this optical illusion looks like Earth from space…but you’ll soon discover what it really is
The beautiful optical illusion has left Twitter users stunned.
The image appears to show the Earth from space as if it was taken from an orbiting satellite.
But while it might make you think of the universe – or the Universal Pictures opening credits – it’s actually a picture of something completely different.
The image caught the attention of social media users, including Flat Earthers, who said the Earth’s curve was ‘going the wrong way’.
The mundane image stunned people on the Internet. But can you tell what it really is?
The image appears to show Earth from space but at second glance it is actually an image of something completely different
Users were amazed at the beautiful image, which is actually a rotated cityscape
Some have suggested that it resembles the opening credits of Universal Pictures.
The image of the skyline, which has been rotated, is actually a photo of city buildings in low light — and it wasn’t taken from space.
The fluffy clouds and city lights help to darken what the image shows, as the office lights look like stars.
One user said she couldn’t see the curve of the Earth from space or a cityscape, saying, “It’s all abstract except for some fluffy clouds!”
The picture is actually of a city in low light, with the lights of offices and houses imitating stars. If you look closely, you can see skyscrapers
Another said he had to turn his phone over to see the city’s skyline.
Optical illusions like this happen when your mind is trying to quickly make sense of the world. He often comes to a quick first conclusion before you really realize what you’re seeing.
Reflexes like this could have helped keep our early ancestors alive in the face of speedy predators but optical illusions “pierce” them, making us feel rather stupid!