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What Happens When You Stare At The Sun?

How long can you stare at that big, beautiful ball of gas before you go blind?

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Here's a moment-by-moment breakdown of what happens to your vision if you stare directly at the sun:

5 Seconds

An intense, unbearable brightness fills your entire field of vision.
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An intense, unbearable brightness fills your entire field of vision.

10 Seconds

You experience photokeratitis aka snow blindness. It causes extreme eye pain similar to having sand in your eye.
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You experience photokeratitis aka snow blindness. It causes extreme eye pain similar to having sand in your eye.

20 Seconds

The sun's UV rays have now caused irreparable retina damage resulting in partial blindness.
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The sun's UV rays have now caused irreparable retina damage resulting in partial blindness.

30 Seconds

Total blindness

Total blindness

40 Seconds

Blindness

Blindness

50 Seconds

Blindness

Blindness

One Minute

A brief vision of the future, set 7 years from that exact moment.
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A brief vision of the future, set 7 years from that exact moment.

1:10

Blindness again.

Blindness again.

1:20

Now you can see ghosts, but that's it. Blind otherwise.
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Now you can see ghosts, but that's it. Blind otherwise.

1:30

Blind.

Blind.

1:40

Blind.

Blind.

1:50

Blind.

Blind.

2:00

Vision back to normal!* Happy staring!
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Vision back to normal!* Happy staring!

*NOTE: At this point, blindness is normal for you.

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