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13 February, 2006

It's a blast, man

Imagine taking photographs at an exposure time of one millionth of a second, of an object 11¼ km away, through a lens (assemblage) over 3 m long.  Quite an achievement in itself, but why go to that trouble?

In order to record the first milliseconds of a 1962 atomic bomb test firing. The results are fascinating, looking like windows into stellar nebulae, or 1960s oil light psychedelia.

[Update 02/11/07: The original link is dead; the one above is to a page showing only one of the images. See 'Rope Tricks', at the foot of the linked page.]

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