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Harold Edgerton, Nuclear explosion photographed with a Rapatronic Camera 1 millisecond after detonation, 1952.

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Rapatronic Camera: An Atomic Blast Shot at 1/100,000,000th of a Second

Joshua Trees with the front row seat to Doomstown. 3/100,000,000th of a second after A-bomb detonation, caught by Doc Edgerton's Rapatronic camera.

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

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.

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Photos 1/10 000 000s après une explosion nucléaire

These photos were taken in 1952 during nuclear tests in Nevada by Harold Edgerton. They were taken less than 1/10000000 of a second after the explosion with a special camera connected to the detonator and with an exposure time of 1/1 000 000s.

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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)

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