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Desc:Keep in mind this was one of the smaller nukes.
Category:Accidents & Explosions, Horror
Tags:Bomb, Cold War, Nuclear
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Maggot Brain
blue vein steel
15 kilotons. This is roughly the same yield as Little Boy.

The Mothership
How... how did you people do this? I mean how did the techies refine the image so crisply? This is remarkable. The heat and pressure waves are so visible.
It was shot on film so they had a lot to work with, even 1080p is still probably not high enough resolution to really capture it (I think 1080 is comparable to 35mm on paper but the silver halide crystals don't fall on an even grid like pixels do, so you'd still need a higher resolution to actually digitize it well.

Kind of like how VHS is nominally well below 480p but you really need a minimum of 720p to actually capture it acceptably.

Anyhow we'll be able to really compare quality the next time this happens, because I bet the next generation of phone cameras is going to be pretty nice.

Folks "my age" may remember the horrible fear of growing up with the possibility of getting nuked. (The 80's version, a la The Day After.)
I'm really afraid we're heading that way again.
hear hear.
i never thought i'd live to see 35. my dad used to hand out 'make your own bomb shelter' instructions with the boy scouts, i always wondered why his generation seems less worried about it than i was (am).

How real is this? They added sound effects? Cropped the picture to 16:9 for some reason?
Basically every video you have ever seen of a nuclear detonation has had edited sound effects. There is however raw footage of Shot Annie which can be seen and heard here-


Detonation is around 2:20, you have to wait for the blast sound. A good writeup on the video can be read here-

http://blog.nuclearsecrecy.com/2012/07/13/the-sound-of-the-bom b-1953/

This footage is just digitized from film and cleaned up a bit. This is part of Atom Central- the group that did Trinity and Beyond and the other atomic documentaries. They did a bluray release of Trinity and they are slowly digitizing and publishing more clips in HD. Their channel has lots more clips

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
I think theres just something vaguely spooky about really big spheres :/
Caminante Nocturno
Those tanks in the shots of the explosion really help you appreciate the scale of these things.
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