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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?

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

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

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

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

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    Total blindness

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    Blindness

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    Blindness

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

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    Blindness again.

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

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    Blind.

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    Blind.

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    Blind.

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    Vision back to normal!* Happy staring!

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

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