1 Millisecond into a Nuclear Explosion

Allegedly, this is a photograph of the beginning of a nuclear detonation. It was taken in 1952 during the Tumbler-Snapper tests in Nevada. At this point, the fireball is about sixty-six feet across. How was the photographer able to get a shutter speed fast enough to do it? He used a Kerr cell, which is a device that uses polarizing filters to block the passage of light.

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Can you imagine being the guy to push the button on the first ever atomic bomb test? In the beginning scientists were afraid the heat from the blast might set our atmosphere on fire.
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This always looked like the film or film emulsion was melting. Could heavy particles have reached the camera by this time and deformed the negative?
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Yea that's what it looks like, not the only photo out there. Note the 'spikes' showing out the bottom are from the tension cables holding up the tower being vaporized by the blast.
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