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B Nuclear explosion legs

  1. Aug 4, 2016 #1
    I always wanted to ask a nuclear scientist about this. What are these weird wiggly thin lines we always see during a nuclear bomb detonation? If you look to the right side of the screen on the first video, they look like the "legs" of a fine whisky dribbling down a fine whisky glass. But what do they have to do with a nuke?

    On the left side of the screen here:

    And, again, you see these legs off to the left:

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  3. Aug 4, 2016 #2


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    They are the wakes of sounding rockets, launched vertically just before the detonation with the purpose of detecting the winds associated with the explosion.
  4. Aug 4, 2016 #3


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    a spot on answer :smile:

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