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Photo of a Nuclear Explosion Less than 1 Millisecond After Detonation

This might look like some kind of microscopic organism, but it’s actually a high-speed photograph of a nuclear explosion. It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera. the photograph was shot from roughly 7 miles away during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada (1952). The fireball is roughly 20 meters in diameter, and 3x hotter than the surface of the sun.

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Developed by Dr. Harold Edgerton in the 1940s, the Rapatronic photographic technique allowed very early times in a nuclear explosion’s fireball growth to be recorded on film. The exposures were often as short as 10 nanoseconds, and each Rapatronic camera would take exactly one photograph.

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Rapatronic Photo of Nuclear Explosion The Rapatronic is a Camera made by the EG Co. in the 1950's to photograph atomic explosions at the rate of 1/1,000,000 of a second.

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Rapatronic Nuclear Photographs:Taken Within 10 Nano-Seconds of Detonation

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Doc Edgerton shot an atomic blast at a shutter speed of 1/100,000,000th of a second with a Rapatronic camera and it's glorious.

from io9

The camera that captured the first millisecond of a nuclear bomb blast

These are photographs of the first few milliseconds of nuclear explosions. They lead scientists to several new discoveries as to how nuclear bombs worked. But how do you capture the first millisecond of a nuclear bomb? With several rapatronic cameras, a Kerr cell, and a little physics.

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The Rapatronic is a Camera made by the EG&G Co. in the 1950's to photograph atomic explosions at the rate of 1/1,000,000 of a second.

Developed by Dr. Harold Edgerton in the 1940s, the Rapatronic photographic technique allowed very early times in a nuclear explosion’s fireball growth to be recorded on film. The exposures were often as short as 10 nanoseconds, and each Rapatronic camera would take exactly one photograph. ... One of the things Edgerton was asked to photograph was the night time detonation of an atomic bomb by the military. He managed to capture the process beautifully but also the strange beauty of…

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Rapatronic Camera Pictures - Imgur