What would happen to a person using night vision goggles who looked at the sun?

The answer to this question is no. You cannot get blind by looking into the sun with night vision goggles.... unless you were to turn them on.


7 Answers

  • Zardoz
    Lv 7
    7 years ago
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    Or even if you were to turn them on. Night vision goggles have tiny cameras and screens. You're not looking at the real Sun but a LCD image of it. That LCD is only capable of putting out a tiny fraction of the brightness of the actual Sun were you to look at it. Please, the image couldn't even compete in brightness with a refrigerator light bulb.


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  • Night Vision goggles do not show you a direct view of the Sun or of the scene you are viewing. This is true whether they are on or off. So, looking at the Sun with night vision goggles will ruin the goggles, but as long you don't take the goggles off and look at the Sun directly.

  • Gary B
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Night vision goggles are an ELECTRONIC device used to magnify light photons. Being an ELECTRONIC device, they have a built in limitaion on how bright the screen the user sees can get. This limit is basically set by the battery used to power the device, and the quality of the display within it.

    NO -- you will not get blinded. Even with the system turned on, the system would be overloaded, and all you would see would be a "white" screen (or what ever color, like green, the display produces).

    You would SEE NOTHING useful, but you would NOT be permanently blinded. You WOULD, though, be TEMPORARILY blinded, mcuh like a person who was walking in the dark and then suddenly someone turned on a search light. You'd stumble around for a bit, but no permanent damage.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    surely, it would in all danger be worse to stare on the solar without the goggles than with the goggles. maximum nighttime imaginative and prescient systems run on detection of infrared easy it somewhat is translated to seen easy by potential of an lcd demonstrate. The demonstrate has a maximum lumination that this is able to, so as quickly as lighting fixtures hitting the detector are vivid adequate to saturate the device, extra brightness won't strengthen the intensity of the easy given off with the help of the demonstrate. Worst case difficulty, the photopigments of your eyes (rods/cones) might develop into 'bleached' which actual potential they have used up all obtainable chemical ingredients to experience easy. So after that, your imaginative and prescient may be black (or probably crimson through fact it somewhat is the complementary colour of green, it somewhat is used in maximum nighttime imaginative and prescient goggles) for a volume of time till at last the cells replenished their point of rhodopsin. So the consequence may be such as finding immediately right into a flashlight for a together as, in truth.

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  • GeoffG
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    Nothing would happen to the _person_ because the screens in the night vision goggles can't generate much light (and no heat). BUT, you would ruin the sensors in the goggles, a very expensive mistake!

  • 7 years ago

    Depends on the type of goggles; the ones that use photomultipliers are safe, because you're essentially looking at a tv screen - it can only *get* so bright. (No one ever went blind by seeing the sun on TV...) The ones you get in toy stores only give you an orange or green filter - those *are* dangerous because you're not stopping the light - only part of it.

  • 7 years ago

    Good question, I like how you answer it :)

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