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Visual anomalies during nuclear explosions

  1. Oct 22, 2009 #1
    In some pictures of nuclear tests from the 50's and 60's you will often see illuminated "tendrils" falling through the air away from the mushroom clouds.
    Always wondered what it was?
    Any ideas


    Darren
     
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  3. Oct 22, 2009 #2

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  4. Oct 24, 2009 #3

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    The OP might also be referring to the "legs" that extend below the fireball immediately after detonation, visible in high-speed films. Those are the tower's guy-wires vaporizing from the prompt EM pulse.
     
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  5. Oct 24, 2009 #4

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    Pics?
     
  6. Oct 24, 2009 #5
    Here are some miscellaneous pictures from above ground and shallow underground tests. Note in partcuular the spectators on the beach during some Operation Hardtack Phase I tests (pgs 27-30).
    Bob S
    Sorry: here are pics
    http://www.radiochemistry.org/history/nuke_tests/pdf/nts_cdrom2.pdf

    See smoke flares at top, and also tendrills (rope trick) at bottom of these pics
    http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/Tumblers.html


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  7. Oct 24, 2009 #6

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