How do they see out the bridge window anyway?

Discussion in 'Star Trek Movies: Kelvin Universe' started by The Wormhole, May 26, 2013.

  1. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    The Enterprise's bridge is brightly lit. Extremely brightly lit, as all those lens flares prove. And instead of a viewscreen, they rely on a huge window at the front of the bridge to see out of the ship. But space is dark. How is it they can see anything out the window? Wouldn't all those damn lights just give the window reflective glares, therefore obscuring anything outside and preventing anyone on the bridge seeing it. Now yes, they have sensors and scanners to alert them to anything worth knowing about anyway, but still.

    Last edited: May 27, 2013
  2. BillJ

    BillJ Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jan 30, 2001
    Super futuristic glass.
  3. SalvorHardin

    SalvorHardin Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Mar 6, 2008
    Star's End
    If they really want to see something that's out, they tell Spock to turn off the lights for a bit. There's a master off switch at his station.
  4. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    You could ask the same thing about all the windows in crew quarters and observation lounges and whatnot that we've seen in various starships from ST:TMP onward, or in places like Mr. Lurry's office in TOS -- windows through which you could always see the stars even when the interior was brightly lit, even though everyone who's ever looked out a window at night should know it doesn't work that way. So this is hardly a new problem; it's nearly as old as Star Trek itself (and is shared by most other space-based SF franchises as well).

    I tend to assume the windows are of a sophisticated material that damps reflections from within and amplifies the starlight from outside.
  5. Keeper

    Keeper Commodore Commodore

    Nov 16, 2007
    Land of Illusion
    Correct, BillJ. It has an 'Enhance Outside View' feature. Forward looking cameras scan the view then project items in the field onto the screen in the correct location.

    It's technically a transparent view-screen.

    I'm full of crap, it's something I just Treknobabbled up.
  6. CorporalClegg

    CorporalClegg Admiral Admiral

    Aug 23, 2001
    Full of hot air.
    You could be a writer. :eek:
  7. YellowSubmarine

    YellowSubmarine Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Aug 17, 2010
    It's transwarp glass. Lights are blueshifted to warp 10 and then the hue is altered.
  8. Third Nacelle

    Third Nacelle Captain Captain

    Apr 4, 2013
    The Denorios Belt
    Star Trek is not the only series guilty of this. Houses/apartment/offices all over TV and the movies have perfectly transparent windows at night, even when the room is brightly lit.
  9. seven14

    seven14 Lieutenant Junior Grade Red Shirt

    May 21, 2009
    In the 2009 reboot the USS Kelvin had it right I think. I liked the muted colors and the dimness of the lights they had going on even before the alarms went off. Strangely, I didn't mind the Enterprise in 2009 as it was shiny and new but this movie the lights seemed to be 1000watt or something even Kirk's eyes were like megawatt blue. I don't know how the heck they see out the window really...I don't think it's necessary as they use cameras and sensors for alerts...just nice to look at and a chore to clean.
  10. Captain Nebula

    Captain Nebula Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 12, 2010
    Warp headlights. They don't have to worry about keeping the dope/dome light on with those.
  11. Crazy Eddie

    Crazy Eddie Vice Admiral Admiral

    Apr 12, 2006
    Your Mom
    Probably the same way they do it on real world space ships.

    That or polarized glass to eliminate glare.
  12. EnsignRicky

    EnsignRicky Commodore Commodore

    Jan 22, 2008
    Pre-Apocalyptic Earth
    Maybe it has something to do with transparent aluminum.
  13. OpenMaw

    OpenMaw Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 26, 2013
    Everett, Washington
    That, and they reverse the polarity of the neutron flow to create a quantum-subspace-flexing-matrix that dynamically calibrates to the spectral radiance around the view screen.


    Did it hurt?
  14. C.E. Evans

    C.E. Evans Admiral Admiral

    Nov 22, 2001
    Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
    To me, I thought it was more of a holographic projection atop the glass, which mutes its reflection even under direct light. Same thing for the various control panels and monitors.
  15. Lord Lunacy

    Lord Lunacy Commander Red Shirt

    Mar 4, 2005