Shot Of Nuclear Explosion A Millisecond After Detonation

July 6, 2012


This is a shot of a nuclear explosion less than a millisecond after detonation, taken using a magical camera. Well, it's not really magic, I just don't understand how it works so that MAKES it magic. Same goes for magnets and microwaves. It's all little wizards as far as I'm concerned. *banging on microwave* WAKE UP -- WAKE UP AND DO YOUR LITTLE SPELLS ON MY HOT POCKET.

It was captured less than 1 millisecond after the detonation using a rapatronic camera, which is capable of exposure times as brief as 10 nanoseconds (one nanosecond is one billionth of a second). 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 three times hotter than the surface of the sun.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Yeah -- WHY THE F*CK DOES IT HAVE LEGS?" Right?! I hate to yell government conspiracy, but I just did and now everyone at Starbucks is staring at me. YOU'RE ALL SHEEP, YOU HEAR ME -- SHEEP! Also, did somebody die in the bathroom? Because I'm about to piss myself. "Looks like you did already." *looking down* That's from earlier -- it's almost dry.

Thanks to Darkmorcel, who agrees a picture of a nuclear explosion a second BEFORE detonation is just a picture of a nuclear bomb. The more you know.

  • ZomBBombeR

    I lmmfao at pretty much the whole first half of this article so thanks for the good stuff lol

  • Mighty Molecule

    good to know uscoe had the capability for 10 nanosecond cameras back in '52 yet the intermittent wiper on automobiles took some time

  • enushaywire

    This is pretty cool. I wonder if there are any new shots of the same?

  • Just out of shot: Indiana Jones in a fridge.

  • $18922249

    I am become death.

  • wbeaty

    Googlefodder: that's Doc Edgerton's 'rapatronic' camera. Back when mad scientists didn't just wear steampunk goggles, they also gave themselves weird cancers.

    The visible legs are vaporized cables supporting the bomb tower. Called the "rope trick effect"

  • i lol'd way too hard at "a picture of a nuclear explosion a second BEFORE detonation is just a picture of a nuclear bomb" kudos to you Darkmorcel XD

  • n_a_a_s

    that looks more like the tilt a whirl from the 80s hit sci fi fantasy adventure 'explorers' starring ethan hawke & river phoenix after it came back to earth

  • Matt Hopson


  • Matthew Anderson

    Was thinkin' the saaame thing!

  • Shawn Bibby

    makes me wonder, if they took pictures of this 60 years ago with an amazing camera?
    Or are they still doing tests in secret labratories across the world? fishy to me

  • dougfunnay

    i also cant believe that grainy turd of a photo was taken 60 years ago by the most advanced photographic technology money could buy and agree theyre probably setting off nukes in "secret labratories" as we speak (also a heads up nuclear tests are still conducted on occasion and its no secret)

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