Why Do You See Stars If You Bang Your Head?

You may have heard someone say, “I bumped my head so hard, I saw stars!”

What he thought were stars was really a flash of bright light, a trick played on him by the optic nerve, which goes from all parts of the eye to the brain.

A hard bump on the head stimulates the optic nerve.

It then sends a message to the brain, which translates the “bump” message as a burst of light, which most people describe as “seeing stars.”

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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