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The Face of Atomic Death

Only one millisecond after the atomic bomb explodes, this 65.6-foot (20 meters) ball of fire appears in midair, with spikes that look like sharp rotten teeth or stalactites of fire (called the rope trick effect). The explosion was captured by a Rapid Action Electronic camera-a high speed device designed to photograph nuclear explosions just milliseconds after ignition.  The Rapatronic camera, as it is called, was created by Harold Edgerton in the 1940s using two polarizing filters and Kerr cell instead of a shutter, which is too slow for this job. A Kerr cell is a panel that changes its polarization depending on the voltage applied. This acts as a very high speed shutter, which allows the perfect exposition to capture this moment.

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by PunkyBruiser

submitted June 9th 2013

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The Face of Atomic Death
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whats this ? im not reading punkys lenghty jibber jabber
4 years ago
ball of fire mili seconds after an atomic blast
4 years ago
^a comment/description, that's vague and boring.
4 years ago
well that said it all exactly
4 years ago
I think punky wants to fight me
4 years ago
My money's on you.
4 years ago
you're a smart man then
4 years ago
punkys a lover not a fighter
4 years ago
Looks like a pollen spore.
4 years ago
tl;dr
4 years ago
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