Science Art: Rapatronic Photo, Nuclear Explosion, 1952

Rapatronic image of a 1952 Tumbler-Snapper nuclear explosion from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

This is what a nuclear bomb looks like one millisecond after it goes off.

The spikes at the bottom of the sphere illustrate what’s called “rope trick” effects.

The image was taken using a rapatronic camera, a kind of high-speed camera invented to take images with shutter speeds faster than mechanical shutters are able to go.

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