## Do laser pointers go on forever?

The light from a laser in space would continue on forever unless it hit something. However, if you were far enough away, you wouldn’t be able to detect the light. A projectile would also continue on forever unless it hit something. When you use a laser pointer, you only see a tiny spot across the room.

## What happens if you point a laser at the sky?

“These laser strikes can imperil the aircraft, because it can disorient the pilot on takeoff or landing. They can be temporarily blinded. It’s like being in a dark car and then having a flash bulb go off,” she says. “It’s extremely dangerous, it’s a federal crime, and we take it seriously.”

What happens if you point a laser at the sun?

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A laser’s light is concentrated into a narrow beam. The power density from a 1 milliwatt laser, focused to a point, is brighter than the equivalent area of the sun’s surface. This can cause a detectable change (injury) to the retina, if the laser stays in one spot for a few seconds.

How far does the light from a laser pointer go?

Around 100 meters away from a red laser pointer, its beam is about 100 times wider and looks as bright as a 100-watt light bulb from 3 feet away. Viewed from an airplane 40,000 feet in the air — assuming there’s no clouds or smog — the pointer would be as bright as a quarter moon.

### Could a laser hit the moon?

The typical red laser pointer is about 5 milliwatts, and a good one has a tight enough beam to actually hit the Moon—though it’d be spread out over a large fraction of the surface when it got there. The atmosphere would distort the beam a bit, and absorb some of it, but most of the light would make it.

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### How far does a military laser go?

With tests going well, the Navy expected to deploy a laser weapon operationally between 2017 and 2021 with an effective range of 1 mi (1.6 km; 0.87 nmi). The exact level of power the LaWS will use is unknown but estimated between 15–50 kW for engaging small aircraft and high-speed boats.

What would happen if we fired a laser at the nearest star?

Proxima Centauri, located roughly four light-years away, is the closest star to us and is orbited by several exoplanets. If we aimed our most powerful laser there, by the time the light reached it, it would appear brighter than the brightest star looks to us in a clear night sky.

What would happen if a red laser pointer hit the Moon?

The typical red laser pointer is about 5 milliwatts, and a good one has a tight enough beam to actually hit the Moon—though it’d be spread out over a large fraction of the surface when it got there. The atmosphere would distort the beam a bit, and absorb some of it, but most of the light would make it.

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## What happens if you point a laser at your eye?

The power for an average laser pointer is a measly 0.005 watts. However, because of the narrow path of the laser beam, if you pointed it directly at your eye from an arm’s length away, the little illuminated dot on your eyeball would be 30 times brighter than the midday sun. So, don’t do this at home, or anywhere.

## Why can’t I know the power of my laser?

In many cases, you may not have access to the laser which caused an exposure — so you would not know the power of the laser. Even if there is a label on the laser, stating either the maximum power or the laser’s Class, the label may be incorrect. If at all possible, retain the laser so its output power and characteristics can be tested.