Slow-Motion Lightening

A flash of lightning usually happens in the blink of an eye. It’s amazing to watch, but it can be hard to get a sense of what it really looks like because it happens so fast.

In order to observe the trajectory of a lightning bolt, researchers at the Florida Institute of Technology decided to record a lightning storm at an amazing 7000 frames per second using a high speed camera.

In the video below, they’ve captured a lightning storm that occurred on May 20 near the their campus. The footage shows lightning creeping towards the ground, branching out as it descends, and finally exploding in a blinding flash when it makes contact with the earth.

Newly-Released Nuclear Test Video From 1958

The U.S. conducted 210 atmospheric nuclear tests between 1945 and 1962, with multiple cameras capturing each event at around 2,400 frames per second.

For the past five years, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) weapon physicist Greg Spriggs and a crack team of film experts, archivists and software developers have been on a mission to hunt down, scan, reanalyze and declassify these decomposing films. The goals are to preserve the films’ content before it’s lost forever, and provide better data to the post-testing-era scientists who use computer codes to help certify that the aging U.S. nuclear deterrent remains safe, secure and effective.

This one stands out.