look to the naked eye

look to the naked eye

1. To be perceived by normal vision that has not been enhanced or augmented in any way. Used especially in reference to that which looks different when viewed with the aid some kind of mechanical enhancement. The planets look to the naked eye as twinkling specks of light, just like the stars around them. But when viewed through powerful enough telescopes, you can actually make out a remarkable amount of detail.
2. To be perceived or understood in a particular manner upon first being seen or considered. The code looks to the naked eye to be a random sequence of letters, digits, and symbols. However, it is a very specific and carefully crafted combination the indicates important information about the experiment.
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