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Atomic blast photos

Here are some photos a few microseconds after an atomic explosion by Harold Edgerton. “Edgerton built a special lens 10 feet long for his camera which was set up in a bunker 7 miles from the source of the blast which was triggered Nevada.” [via] Link. For some slightly safer high speed photography, check out our kit from MAKE volume 04.

12 thoughts on “Atomic blast photos

  1. jake, i saw it on the site i [via]’ed first, thanks for adding that link, comments are great for stuff like that.

    one thing jake, our comment system doesn’t like your 3 links, it’s usually spam. so if you post and i’m not around to manually approve, you might not see your comments, just a fyi.

  2. Oh! I didn’t mean to criticize! It is an interesting example of how a meme travels the net though.

    Mark posted it to yesterday:

    he sites:

    which points back to:

    Since the url:

    is not indexed by Google yet and is my guess is someone saw Nevada Survey guy’s page, lifted the pictures and text, added a bunch of advertising and sent a tickler to who published the link that you saw.

    Apropos of nothing, I met Harold Edgerton ages ago when, as a young pup, I worked at EG&G Environmental Systems, he was a gentleman to be sure.


  3. Did anyone else notice how these photos have the same sort of quality that electron microscope pictures have?

    Is just because they are both monochromatic with limited dynamic range or is there some sort of congruity between the very small and the very quick?

    Just ramblin’


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