This dizzying Van Gogh optical illusion is making me see stars

Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night is one of the world's most famous paintings, but did you know it can move? Internet scamps have found a way to trick your brain into thinking the swirling night sky of this famous impressionism painting is actually in motion. 

I'll explain why the Van Gogh painting spins below, but first stare at the swirling image for ten seconds, then at the Van Gogh painting and see what happens. This dizzying optical illusion is one of my favourites, and if you like this one take a look at this trippy optical illusion of spinning dots that has a similar effect.

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Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creative Bloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and video game titles Play and Official PlayStation Magazine. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on digital art, VFX and video games and tech, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5.