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Optical Illusions: Afterimage science + ghosts


Have you ever seen a ghost? How about an afterimage? Our bodies aren’t perfect and they sometimes make mistakes, resulting in fun optical illusions.

Science with Sophie

Welcome to Science with Sophie, the COVID-19 pandemic quarantine version! Written in Boston, directed from Chicago, and filmed in my living room in New York City, Season QuaranThree brings you new topics, new characters, and new experiments that, as always, can be done from home – sometimes even from your couch! 

So sit down with your favorite scientist (Sophie, obviously), watch an episode, talk about it together, and explore the amazing world of science found in your own little quarantine bubble. 

BOO! The first episode of Science with Sophie Season QuaranThree is here just in time for Halloween and it’s a real SPECTRE-cle! Strange illusions, a spirited new character, and an experiment you can do from your couch will get you in the Halloween mood.

Join Sophie for lots of optical illusions, afterimages, and science experiments you can do while sitting on your couch. Sofa science is the best, right? So sit back and let your eyes play tricks on you.

What is an optical illusion?

Optical: Related to vision, meaning sight

Illusion: Something deceptive, meaning not what it seems

Optical illusion: A deceptive visual image

More about Science with Sophie

Science With Sophie is an interactive science comedy series for all ages. This fast-paced show invites viewers to explore science all around them and remember that they are brave, curious, funny, smart scientists every day.

Hosted by science educator/actor/comedian Sophie Shrand, the cast of wacky characters – all played by Sophie – educate and entertain while showcasing how diverse careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) can be.

The series is Sophie’s upbeat solution to the serious problem of inequity in STEM fields and underrepresentation of women in mainstream science media. Using cutting-edge teaching methods like the Next Generation Science Standards, each episode explores science in daily life by asking questions, trying experiments with easy-to-find materials, and encouraging viewers to think deeply and creatively. By showcasing strong female role models to people of all ages and gender identities, this show aims to level the playing field for women in STEM. 


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