Why do wheels seem to ‘flicker’ in motion?

We’ve all seen the rhythmic effect of wheels in motion on a car or a bike – but how does it happen and how can we make sense of it?

It’s known as the Stroboscopic effect (try saying that one three times over!) and is an optical illusion that works due to our brains not being able to keep up.

We aren’t able to process where the fast moving wheels are at all times, so instead we see quick snapshots of the wheels every now and then..

In simple terms, its like holding down the burst-photo mode on your phone camera.

2015-Volkswagen-GTI-wheels-in-motion.jpgvia Daily Prompt: Rhythmic



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