This crazy optical illusion is the coolest thing you’ll see today

An optical illusion on Reddit has hit the front page thanks to its mind-boggling properties.

The illusion, embedded below, is a swirl of colours that if stared at, fade away – until all the colours have disappeared.

According to a report by The Verge, versions of the optical illusion have existed since 1804.

This picture will fade away if you stare at it (may take a minute) from r/woahdude

The illusion works when the brain stops paying attention to visual scenes that don’t change, stated The Verge.

Derek Arnold, a psychology professor at the University of Queensland, said that movement in the environment and of our eyes is enough to keep a scene vivid.

With a blurry image and a fixed gaze, however, the colours fade away, he said.

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