Holding an Explosion: Capturing a Transparent Spud Gun at 20,000fps


It’s Friday. The perfect day to share something that’s part camera-related, part science-related, and part this-is-just-plain-cool-related: a hand-held explosion captured at 20,000fps.

Editor’s Note: As with anything fire-related or dangerous, and spud guns are incredibly dangerous, please do not undertake anything similar without first looking up local laws and taking proper safety precautions.

The video was created by YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay, and while there’s no way to say “slow-motion spud gun footage” without sounding silly, it really is both visually and scientifically fascinating. In fact, it may be the most mesmerizing thing you’ve seen for a while.