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Old 20th July 2009, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Super-slow-motion pictures show soap bubble bursting in stunning detail

Super-slow-motion pictures show soap bubble bursting in stunning detail

By Caroline Grant
Last updated at 8:54 AM on 13th July 2009


To the human eye the bursting of a bubble is a simple affair. One prod of a finger and - pop! - it's vanished in a split second.

But as these breathtaking pictures show, the process is spectacular - if only we could see it.

These images were taken with a slow-motion camera to show every stage of the soap bubble's disappearance.


Richard Heeks spent weeks capturing his images of the bursting of a bubble: This is how it begins


A tiny prod with a fingertip and the delicate surface of the bubble is broken


After being poked the surface of the breaks up, from one side to another, turning its surface into a multitude of droplets which appear to hang in the air

Photographer Richard Heeks, from Exeter, used a fast shutter speed of 1/500th of a second and chose a perfect wind-free day so nothing would disturb his shoot, while his wife Sarah provided the all-important finger.

A bubble is made up of three layers - one thin layer of water sandwiched between two layers of soap molecules.

As Mrs Heeks's finger breaks the surface tension, the perfect sphere is replaced by a round mass of soapy droplets which dissolve into the air. And the bubble is gone.

Mr Heeks, a student, used a macro camera to get in close and had to wait patiently for a windless day.

He even had to find a sheltered spot in his garden so any sudden gust would not disturb the shoot.


As the droplets begin to fall away only a small part of the bubble's surface is left intact


Within the blink of an eye, what was once a splendid bubble is now nothing but a fine mist falling to the floor

It took him a month until he got the sequence right after seeing his nieces playing with bubble mixture.

'I was looking ideas for new things to photograph and I just thought the bubbles looked beautiful and with a bit of luck I managed to get one mid burst,' he said.

'That's what started it off.

'One day I was so absorbed in the project I didn't notice a group of builders watching me. I think I must have looked a bit of an idiot, but maybe they thought it was fascinating. Who knows, because I got embarrassed and scuttled back into the house.'

A bubble is actually made up of three layers - one thin layer of water sandwiched between two layers of soap molecules.

No matter what the shape the bubble is initially, it will always try to become a sphere because it as the smallest surface area and requires the least amount of energy to achieve.

The biggest bubble ever blown was 50 feet by 2 feet in diameter. It was achieved by David Stein from New York in 1988.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ng-detail.html

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Re: Super-slow-motion pictures show soap bubble bursting in stunning detail

hahas. go watch discovery channel. time wrap!!!

there is alot more.

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slow motion is truly amazing.

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awesome.
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lol that cool!

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Perfect timing.

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its amazing what you dont notice because it happens so fast

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looks lyk matrix...

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