A nuclear explosion usually brings to mind a giant mushroom cloud, but rarely do people get to see what one looks like just milliseconds after detonation. Thanks to technology, that has all changed. That’s right, the image you see above “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).” Continue reading for a few videos on nuclear technology as well as more information on this stunning photograph.

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.

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